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Monday, 19 March 2018

Ghana: Produce Locally says Netherlands Ambassador

Ghana's large food import bill presently amounts to two million dollars a year, a development which will affect the country's economy without a quick change in policy. The Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Ron striker who said this in Accra, yesterday, observed that Ghana, mainly imports products like rice, sugar, frozen chicken and oil which could be easily produced in the country. Mr. Striker who was speaking at the launch of the first Value Added Agriculture Expo in West Africa, slated for August 2 to 4 in Ghana, said boosting agriculture was essential to attaining the president's vision of 'Ghana beyond Aid'. He stated that agricultural investments would promote trade and economic growth as it employs almost half of the population and contributes to one-fifth of the nation's Gross Domestic Product (GAP). "The government of Ghana accords high priority to making agriculture a top sector in Ghana, initiatives like Planting for Foods and Jobs and the prominent position of agriculture in the 2018 budget is proof," he said.

Source: allafrica