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MOAP to build strong ties among farmers and processors

By
prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, July 8, GNA – The
Market-Oriented Agriculture Programme (MOAP), will focus on building strong
ties between local farmers in North West Ghana and processors of agricultural
produce around the globe.

These processors will
add value to the produce, generate employment and create wealth for smallholder
farmers supplying them with the necessary agriculture produce.

Mr Bernhard Abels,
Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy who made this known during the
launch of the programme in Wa said the project would equally help smallholder
farmers to produce the type of crops and the required quality that was demanded
by strong private sector off-takers.

He added that the
programme would create win-win conditions for both processors and smallholder
farmers.

He gave the assurance
that processors would be able to secure raw materials while smallholder farmers
would enter into long term agreements with off-takers who would receive
extension services as well as finance and be able to fetch good price for good
quality.

“This will give them
long term planning security and how to earn steady income”, he said.

Mr Abels pointed out
that with more irrigation and the support of tree crops such as mangoes and
cashew, smallholder farmers would be provided with the opportunities to crop
also outside the traditional cropping season.

He said this presented
people with a real alternative to migration, as it was time to transform the
African economies that were built on the export of unrefined raw materials to
value added economy that provided jobs to the strong middle class societies
that lifted the mass of the people out of poverty.

Mr Abels said the
project launch provided an important mile stone towards value addition for
agriculture raw materials.

He said he agreed with
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo when he said Ghana had the human
resources with women and the youth at the forefront to transform the structures
of the economy and to be part of the international division of labour at the
high end of the value.

Mr William Hanna,
Ambassador of the European Union (EU) Delegation in Ghana said the Union made
up of 28 different countries after a number of years of war against each
noticed that they could only solve their problems if they worked together.

He said after agreeing
to work together for their common goal, it was then decided that they start
from agriculture since it was a critical component of many economies around the
world.

Mr Hanna said Ghana
was so much connected to what was happening in the international gallery with
respect to agriculture, which was good for the country in terms of getting
support to develop its agriculture sector.

He said the EU
believed strongly in the Paris Agreement on climate change, hence its
preparedness to support Ghana to build the needed resilience in the agriculture
sector.

Mr Amidu Chinnia
Issahaku, Deputy Upper West Regional Minister expressed appreciation to the EU
for the investment being made to improve lives of the vulnerable and reducing
poverty in the area.

He observed that by
strengthening the resilience of smallholder farmers could guarantee food
security and improve livelihoods for the people of the Region and the three
other beneficiary districts in the Northern Region.

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