The LPG supports a vibrant, innovative and competitive agriculture sector. Ghana’s farmers are the foundation of our food sector. The work that they do to feed Ghana and the world is vital, but government support is needed to help them with challenges ranging from transportation to water management to research and food safety.We will help Ghana’s agriculture sector be more innovative, safer, and stronger.
To ensure the agriculture sector remains a significant contributor to both the national economy and local communities, we will commission a White Paper on agriculture. The White Paper will set out a clear, well-defined and transparent strategic approach to promote more investment and jobs growth in the agriculture sector.
We would make agriculture attractive and rewarding to entice the youth into the sector – the backbone of our economy. The LPG will ensure Ghana’s food security by creating a stronger and more competitive agriculture sector.
The LPG government will refocus the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on promoting jobs and investment in the agriculture sector. We will engage with the sector to better understand how to reinvigorate agriculture and build farm and agribusiness profitability. LPG government will ensure massive investment in the agricultural sector by way of mechanization and construction of irrigation systems.
We will also enhance consultation with the agriculture sector by establishing an industry advisory council that will meet with the Minister at least twice a year.
To attract investment and create good jobs in food processing, we will set-up and invest GHc160 million, over four years, in an Agri-Food Value Added Investment Fund. This will provide technical and marketing assistance to help food processors develop new value added products that reflect changing tastes and market opportunities.
Encourage the setting up of new companies by the private sector to process and manufacture farm outputs by adding value. Over 250 new factories expected to generate 180,000 jobs will be setup nationwide to process products such as tomatoes, oranges, mangoes, fishes, cassava, plantain etc.
To support innovation in the agricultural sector, we will invest an additional GHc100 million, over four years, in agricultural research. To better allocate research funding, we will establish a transparent process that involves food producers.
We will invest an additional GHc80 million, over four years, in the Ghanaian Food Inspection Agency for more food safety inspections of domestic and imported foods.
We will continue to defend Ghanaian interests during trade negotiations, including supply management.
Guaranteed Prices to Farmers Nationwide: Establish new food distribution network nationwide to buy and distribute farm produce. This will give guarantee prices and new hope to our dear farmers.
We will also work with other willing partners, to better address water and soil conservation and development issues, including investments in appropriate infrastructure.
LPG will invest additional GHS 500million in the fisheries and aquaculture development to create 30,000 jobs. This will save Ghana’s import bill of US$430million each year.
LPG will invest GHS 500million in poultry and rice production to reduce importation and create 20,000 jobs. This will also save Ghana an import bill of US$535million.
Additionally, there would be access to high yielding planting materials by farmers and this will be backed by agro-technology. LPG will equip the agricultural research institutions and training colleges with the needed logistics and equipment to effectively perform.
LPG will within 4 years’ increase cocoa production from the current 800,000mts to a sustainable 1,200,000mts in Ghana.