Davies Narh Korboe, president of the National Association of Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners, recommended some interventions that he says will help address the problem of fertilizer shortage in the country, if implemented. .
Speaking at the 37th edition of the Farmers Day celebrations held in Cape Coast on December 4, 2021, Davies Narh Korboe urged the government to step up the facilitation of synthetic fertilizer production in Ghana.
While commending the government for the Plant for Jobs initiative which he says has led to the growth in food production, Davies Korboe called on the government to review its contribution to the fertilizer subsidy program to make it more efficient. .
âExamine the percentage of government contribution to the subsidy program in coordination with farmers’ organizations. Continuously working with financial institutions to find innovative financial solutions for the agricultural sector and review the program to ensure the minimization of smuggling across our borders. “
âStreamline the process to make sure the actual fertilizers are factored in. Support and promote the production and use of organic fertilizers and accelerate the steps to start the production of synthetic fertilizers in Ghana under the government fertilizer expansion program chaired by Nana Sewaa from the office of the president â, said he added.
Congratulates GEPA for its support
Davies Narh Korboe expressed his gratitude to the Ghana Export Promotions Authority for its unwavering support to Ghanaian farmers.
He revealed that their initiatives have a positive impact on the sector and ensure its growth.
I would like to take the opportunity to congratulate and thank the Ghana Cocoa Board Board and Management for sponsoring a new âYoung National Cocoa Farmerâ award and to top it off with the Cocoa Pension Scheme. A very inspiring initiative that addresses ways to reverse age trends in cocoa production in Ghana.
In the spirit of the above, a well-mentioned gratitude to the board and management of the Ghana Export Promotions Authority (GEPA) through its initiatives to support farmers of cashew, coconut, d pineapple and vegetable helping the nation’s vibrant youth target export growth to garner foreign exchange in the near future.
Renewal of the president of the Arboreal Crops Development Authority affecting the production of arboricultural crops
Davies Korboe urged the government to appoint a new chairman for the Tree Crop Development Authority.
He argued that the absence of a president for the authority and representatives of certain ministries constitutes an obstacle to the effectiveness of the authority.
âYour Excellency, in September 2020, you inaugurated a board of directors of 29 members of the Tree Crops Development Authority in Kumasi by responding to one of the key policies on the agenda of your government made up of the majority of stakeholders in the value chain nominated by the respective associations. and approved by you.
âThe authority’s goal is to ensure that by 2025, the six selected value chains will collectively bring the country around $ 2 billion. Unfortunately, due to a delay in the reappointment of the chairman and representatives of MOFA, MOF and MOTI, eleven months into your second term, the board is not able to meet to fulfill its functions. “
âIt is affecting the tree crop industry and as we speak the cashew and mango growers, who are waiting for a price mechanism that sets the floor price, are in a difficult situation. We want your intervention in this matter. His Excellency can say the same about the Seed Council. â
He further instructed banks and financial institutions to provide credit facilities to farmers and people working in agro-industry.
“Nana President His Excellency let me remind the banks of a bold statement made some time ago in a workshop by the Chief Minister who was himself a shrewd banker and I quote ‘BANKS SHOULD NOT NOT BE HAPPY TO KEEP FAT BALANCES IN THEIR BOOKS âbut rather be useful in helping the agro-industrial community to access tailor-made and flexible agricultural credit to facilitate their business, because agriculture is the real deal and the way to follow to make Ghanaian presidents beyond the aid agenda achievable I implore them to really learn how to understand practical agriculture to help them in their delivery as this is where the biggest ones are opportunities that will always allow them to keep their big balances but this time not in the books but rather in the good agro-industries.
Celebrate farmers and winners
Davies Korboe concluded his speech by commending Ghanaian farmers for their dedicated service and commitment to providing food to the nation.
He also reserved special praise for the new winners and urged them to keep up the good work.
âTo my new award-winning colleagues, congratulations on becoming new members of the NFFAWAG. In the face of various challenges, you continue to feed the nation and contribute to its economic growth. May the years to come see Ghanaian farmers, fishermen and the agribusiness community thrive in their chosen vocation.
âI want to encourage you to take advantage of the many government farm programs available and adopt new technologies to improve your operations. I wish you in advance a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year â.