Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the Member of Parliament for Juaboso Constituency says the farming industry is rewarding and the perception the sector is not lucrative is false, urging local farmers to change their approach and adapt to mechanized farming.
He indicated that farming is profitable unknown to many stressing “all things being equal if I put my salary together within the four years, what I can get from my farm within a year is more than what I can get in my entire four years including all my allowances.”
He intimated on Metro TV’s Good morning Ghana programme on Tuesday, 15 June 2021.
The legislator said one of the scheme managers of irrigation attests to the financial reward systems in agriculture yet people decline when the information is given.
“We keep telling people yet the people will not believe us although they make that attempt,” he said.
Mr. Mintah Akandoh acknowledged the false perception developed about farming stressing that the situation is so because of the poor approach to the farming activity.
“But you see we have a certain perception about farming in this country and it is because we were not doing it well – that hoe and cutlass approach. How many hectares and acres can you weed a day?” he quizzed “So there should be that atmosphere.”
He said the availability of farming equipment such as tractors will go a long way in factoring mechanised farming into our farming practices.
He called on the media to use their medium to draw awareness of the important needs and uses of farming.
“And then there should be that conscious effort for the sensitization and education on our radios, on our TV just like we are doing today. But we are almost all the time interested in sensational stories. I think if we begin to invite people in the sector, the technical people to come and share their perspective with us, we will be encouraged”- he stressed
By: Ernest Tetteh Kabu | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana