The Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce has as part of its power breakfast series broadened discussions on the development of Agribusiness in the country.
The discussion brought to bear some of the challenges facing farmers both medium scale and large scale which includes the lack of access to funding.
In his welcoming address President of Cancham, Mr Frederick Attakumah, said the chamber believes that agriculture is fundamental to human existence and that Ghana has most of the basic building blocks necessary for not only achieving food sufficiency but also in becoming a major exporter of agro-produce.
“It is within this context that we applaud the Canadian Government’s support to the planting for food and jobs initiative to the tune of C$125 million. We have no doubt this will significantly boost efforts at modernizing agriculture in Ghana,” he stated.
The seminar which was on the theme: “Investing in Agribusiness” gave participants the platform to make suggestions that seek to improve agriculture and agribusiness in the country.
Mr. Attakumah asked a number of questions including, the availability of the right tools and support, to enable farmers to transition the sector from the current state into large scale, mechanized commercial enterprise.
He also questioned the roadmap that seeks to maximize value addition to the country’s agro produce so as to create jobs and significantly increase revenue.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), Mr Yofi Grant however touted government’s plans to develop the agricultural sector.
But he was quick to add that the private sector should partner government to achieve its aim.
Officials from the Ministry of food and Agriculture, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, (GEPA) and the Ghana Investment Promotion Center (GIPC) led the discussion.
The programme is a sequel to a previous program held by the chamber last month which focused on the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs).
By Nana Oye Ankrah