President Akufo-Addo has blamed the previous NDC government for the decline in the agricultural sector, adding that former President Mahama and his government did little to improve the agriculture sector.
According to him, the NDC failed to prioritize the agricultural sector, resulting to the low number of agric extension officers, low harvests and lack of financing for the sector.
President Akufo-Addo who was speaking at the 34th National Farmers’ Day celebration in Tamale, disclosed that his government is working to ensure that the agric sector is transformed.
President Akufo-Addo also described the decline in the agriculture sector under Mr. John Mahama as “erratic”.
He explained that his tenure in office unlike his predecessor, has prioritized the agriculture sector and made it resourceful again.
“Government is doing everything possible to put agriculture on the part of transformation. Since assuming office, we have left no one in doubt about the importance of agriculture.”
“It is important to put on record that Ghana’s agriculture was put in a state of decline when I became President. Prior to 2017, the performance of the sector has been erratic, recording a growth rate of 0.8% in 2011, one of the lowest in modern times. It improved albeit slightly to 3.1% in 2016; that too was a no better story. This growth pattern was a lack of prioritization and support for the agriculture sector by the previous Government.”