SEND Ghana, Oxfam push for reforms in Ghana’s agric sector

A situational assessment carried out in the agriculture sector -specifically farming, by SEND Ghana, in partnership with Oxfam has recommended to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to recruit more extension officers and resource existing ones to meet the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) recommended ratio of one Agriculture Extension Officer to 500 farmers.

This has become necessary as the survey revealed that a majority of farmers do not have access to extension officers and famers who had access to them had to pay to secure their services. This the report noted that it was having negative effect in the farming cycle.

Most importantly, representatives of SEND Ghana and Oxfam will soon engage with officials of MoFA to look at how best all the challenges facing the agriculture sector which were captured in the report will be addressed.

Regarding the fishing industry, it also recommended to the Ministry to fast-track the construction of warehouses and storage facilities to assist farmers store their produce during bumpers harvest and have reserves for the dry season.

Putting up such facilities is expected to bring relief to the fishing communities in the sense that their fishes go waste during bumper harvest due to inadequate and poor storage facilities. Due to the lack of storage facilities, it has become increasingly difficult for farmers to store excess produce.

“Farmers are unable to store the fish for longer periods due to lack of storage facilities is a big challenge as they are forced to sell their fishes at cut rate prices ones there is bumper harvest to prevent the fishes from spoiling”, the survey states.

The survey was conducted with respect to a situational assessment of crop farmers in Dodowa and fisher folks in James Town in the Greater Accra Region. according to SEND Ghana, the two places were chosen for the survey due to the high number of farmers and fisher folks in the areas.