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Agric Minister impressed with general overview of agriculture in Oti Region

According to the minister, this is a hint that efforts to address a few production value chain bottlenecks will intensify.

On Sunday, November 6, 2022, Dr. Afriyie Akoto delivered the remarks at the Oti Regional Coordinating Council (ORCC).

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He urged farmers in the Oti Region to take advantage of the numerous valleys that could be appropriate for the production of rice.

He was thrilled that Oti Region, which had no potential for producing rice, now had a different story to tell.

He was unable to comprehend why Ghana needed to import food from other nations when “our soil supports numerous kinds of crops.”

“I see huge agricultural potential all around the nation, so why should we keep importing food products? He probed.

Dr. Afriyie Akoto urged the farmers to save the proceeds from their labour and inject it into their business. In that case, he said, they would be able to raise enough funds to buy machinery. He however added that he would table the requests of farmers to the government and get them feedback on government’s decision.

He declared, “The moment has arrived to boost yield, and that may be accomplished by mechanizing agriculture.

Oberien Nyarko, the Oti Region’s Regional Agricultural Director, expressed optimism that the area will increase food production in order to at least feed the region.

He argued that while food in the area is less expensive, prices are inflated unreasonably when it is delivered to the city.

For instance, he revealed during a presentation that a yam tuber costs GHS10.00 at the farm gates but is sold for GHS24.00 once it is brought to the metropolis.

The minister took use of the occasion to aggressively refute the claim that there was a food scarcity in the nation.



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