ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghana’s Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia Monday
opened a consultative forum towards the development of a
comprehensive and integrated agricultural plan for the country.
The forum assembled
critical thinkers in the industry to brainstorm towards putting
together an agenda to make agricultural modernization a reality.
Bawumia said the
vision of President Akufo-Addo was to inject renewed energy and
the right spirit to reinvigorate the agricultural sector and
also motivate young people to view and engage in it as a viable
He said despite
implementing many policy and program interventions in
agriculture since the turn of the millennium, Ghana was yet to
realize fully the desired results in modernizing agriculture and
transforming the sector to catalyze an industrial growth through
According to him,
Ghana needs consistency and comprehensiveness if the
transformational integration process is to provide it with the
requisite coordination and harmonization for the different
initiatives and programs to deal with the country’s agricultural
stakeholders, help set the stage towards this ambitious plan to
drive and attract investments to this critical sector of our
economy. Yes, we have discovered oil but let us do with
agriculture what a finite natural resource could never do for
our people,” Bawumia said.
In the past decade
and-a-half, agriculture’s contribution to Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) has fallen behind services and industry, falling as low as
0.8 percent in 2011 in part due to the coming of oil and gas
Though the sector
improved its contribution to GDP to 2.3 percent in 2012 and 5.2
percent in 2013, its performance declined subsequently,
prompting observers to suggest that Ghana’s agriculture may be
suffering from the conventional Dutch Disease.
This happens where
agricultural production suffers because of the flight of labor
and capital into more lucrative non-agriculture producing
Owusu Afriyie Akoto,
Minister for Food and Agriculture, called on the forum to
discuss all key challenges of the sector and volunteer
comprehensive solutions for Cabinet’s consideration.
master plan is expected to be the focus of the country’s next
budget to be read this month.