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Secure farmlands for women farmers - GARDJA tells Govt

By: Ama Amankwah Baafi

The Ghana Agriculture and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) has called on the government to liaise with traditional authorities and community leaders to help secure farmlands for women / females who desire to go into farming.

The association said land ownership remained a challenge for female farmers as a result of cultural factors in some parts of the country.

“We want the government to secure lands on behalf of female farmers across the country so that all challenges associated with accessing lands may minimise,” a press release by GARDJA on the national Farmers Day said.

Evolution of agric
It noted that the evolution from agriculture to agribusiness had brought with it numerous benefits, including better quality of food, a greater variety of products and improved nutrition.

That paradigm shift, GARDJA said, would help farmers deal with production inefficiencies and the high cost of production that negatively affected the profitability of agricultural production locally and made imports cheaper and attractive to traders.

“We entreat government to give priority attention to addressing these problems in order to achieve the transformation agenda in the sector,” it stated.

Cashew farmers
The GARDJA used the occasion to also draw the government’s attention to the plight of cashew farmers who continuously suffered from price instability for their produce.

It said that within the space of one year, the price of 100 kilogramme of cashew had dropped from GH¢1,000 in 2018 to GH¢200 in 2019, and that could deteriorate further.

“We urge the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to take a critical look at this phenomenon to save our farmers from going down. We believe the passing of the Tree Crop Development Bill into law can partly address this problem by guaranteeing price stability in the cashew sector,” it added.

The GARDJA commended all Ghanaian farmers and fishers for their hard work and contribution to economic development.