“Experience over the years has shown that government alone cannot transform a country’s agriculture. All hands are needed on deck to maintain the momentum to propel the growth and development of the agricultural sector,” he said at the Gathering of the Royals program in Accra on Tuesday.
Organized by Agrihouse Foundation, a non-governmental agricultural organization, the program brought together 50 queen mothers, academics, policy makers, government, development partners and agricultural institutions to discuss measures to promote agriculture in the country. .
Under the theme “The Role of Royals in Accelerating Agri-Peace and Sustainable Farmer Development”, the program created a platform for participants to explore opportunities in the agricultural sector and also discussed conflict resolution alternatives towards peacebuilding and the development of sustainable development. farmers in our country.
The program was sponsored by Agromonti Company Limited, Eco Africa Resource Africa Group, WAATCO, Nanam Ventures, Benyima Farms and C. Woermann.
Mr. Addo said the government believed in private sector involvement and a partnership that brought all players together to forge a formidable alliance in finding sustainable solutions to problems in agriculture, such as financing, supply in inputs and value-added services.
The Deputy Minister remarked that the agricultural sector has great potential that needs to be harnessed for the benefit of the country, adding that the country’s push towards industrialization cannot be achieved without raw materials to fuel the industry.
Mr Addo commended the Agrihouse Foundation for the program and urged participants to come up with suggestions and solutions to propel the agricultural sector, saying the COVI-19 pandemic had exacerbated the challenges facing agriculture.
Agrihouse Foundation Executive Director Ms Alberta Nana AkyaaAkosaSarpong said in her address that the ‘gathering of royals’ had taken place over the past three years as part of the annual women’s leadership training forum in Food and Agriculture (WOFAGRIC) and Gold in Land Prices.
WOFAGRIC, she said, “mentors, trains and builds the capacity of women in agriculture, while celebrating the efforts of exceptional women.”
“Our intention has always been to hold ‘Gathering of the Royals’, as a stand-alone event, to provide more room for our Queen Mothers to nurture their relationships with business stakeholders who have the knowledge, the technical and financial power to help them develop the agribusiness projects and social interventions they champion in their different districts and communities,” she said.
Ms. Sarpong indicated that Queen Mothers were integral guardians of our Ghanaian culture and therefore it was important that they were empowered and engaged in national dialogues.
“At the end of today’s event, we look forward to feedback and input from all stakeholders, on solution-oriented measures that can positively influence our country’s agricultural growth, improve the means livelihoods and contribute to food security within our various communities,” she said.
Ms Sarpong expressed her gratitude to the queen mothers for participating in the program and the partners who sponsored it.
Agromonti CEO Benjamin Offei, in a speech read on his behalf, said his company was proud to be associated with the program.
He said the objective of the program is in line with the company’s vision to promote agriculture and provide quality inputs to players in the sector.