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Reflex Eco Group – Ghana news

by Samuel Boadi (Local journalist)

Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur says the absence of adequate agri-business activities has led to the migration of the youth to the cities for non-existent jobs.

He therefore appealed to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to increase its assistance to rural communities to create employment.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur made the appeal when Dr Felix Kanayo Nwanze, the recently re-elected President of the Rome-based organization, led a delegation to call on him at the Flagstaff House, at Kanda, in Accra.

He commended the United Nations agencies in Ghana for their support to the country’s economy.

The IFAD President is in Accra to attend the Sixth Africa Agricultural Science Week and the Forum for Agriculture in Africa, which is taking place at the Accra International Conference Centre.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur mentioned among other things the need for guaranteed markets for farmers.

He reiterated government’s support to farmers to boost productivity and commended IFAD for teaming up with government to support a number of projects.

Dr Nwanze described Ghana as an important model for IFAD’s progammes and expressed appreciation to the government and people for offering a building in Accra to house the IFAD and the Food Agriculture Organization (FAO).

He said Ghana had been pivotal in translating some of its programmes into reality, adding that the IFAD has 16 projects in Ghana, including rural financing.

Dr Nwanze asked the African political leadership to create the enabling environment for the growth of small growers and encourage the development of rural cities.

He said they must also assist the small growers to have markets in addition to the provision of subsidies for more outputs.

Clement Humado, Ghana’s Food and Agricultural Minister, announced that government was committed to the development of agriculture.