Players in the agric sector have called on government to make farmers shareholders of some of the factories that will be established through the one district, one factory initiative.
This they believe will sustain the factories and ensure inclusiveness for all stake holders.
“In order for the factories to be sustained, the farmers must be made shareholders, that way they will ensure the sustainability of the factories because they have a stake in it,” Vice Chairperson for the Association of Ghana Industries, Fatima Ali Mohammed said.
She further stated that farmers should as well be included in the formulation of policy decisions in the agric sector to ensure its growth.
“Change is needed and it is needed very fast and the focus on agricultural programs by the government has come in at a perfect time. It is vital that the farmers and producers have a voice in determining the policies that affect their own life; in determining fundamental issues, they bring a wealth of knowledge on what to expect, understanding of local context and diversity of ideas,” Madam Ali stressed.
“While the government has given its full support and backing to agriculture, we in the agric sector must endeavor to do all we can to ensure that the attitudes and the mind sets of the common man changes for the better,” she further urged her colleague businesses.
The Vice Chairperson for the Association of Ghana Industries made these comments at the launch of the 8th FAGRO National Food and Agric Show.
This year’s show will be held in the Northern Region in order to enhance agricultural activities there as well as reduce the region’s poverty level