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Nana Siriboe Advocates for Revolutionary Agricultural Policies

2022's National Best Farmer Urges Government to Transform Agriculture into an Economic Powerhouse

by Adenike Adeodun

Nana Siriboe, crowned as the 2022 National Best Farmer, has made a compelling appeal to the government for the implementation of transformative agricultural policies. These policies, he believes, are essential in propelling agriculture into a catalyst for economic growth and sustainable development in Ghana.

Siriboe commended the government for initiatives like Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) but emphasized the need for more encompassing policies. These policies should positively influence the entire agricultural value chain, ensuring stability and growth.

“Agriculture’s potential remains untapped without the right policies,” Siriboe stated. He highlighted the importance of protecting local agriculture from the influx of imported food items, which could undermine local production.

According to a report by Daily Graphic, he also pointed out the crucial role of pricing in the agricultural market. Small fluctuations in prices can have dramatic effects on farmers’ livelihoods, making government support essential in stabilizing the sector.

During a lecture at the 2023 University of Ghana National Best Farmer’s Lecture at Accra’s Great Hall, Siriboe, also the Akyempemhene of the Juaben Traditional Area, addressed a distinguished audience. Attendees included former Parliament Speaker Prof. Mike Aaron Oquaye and renowned journalist Samson Anyenini.

The 44-year-old agriculturalist, speaking on the theme “Resilience, Technology and Humanism,” identified the youth as the future and resilience of agriculture. He encouraged them to view agriculture not just as a livelihood but as a lucrative business venture. With 22 years in the sector, Siriboe’s experience underscores agriculture’s potential as a profitable enterprise.

Siriboe stressed the importance of embracing technology in agriculture. He urged the youth to utilize their phones and other technologies, not just for social media but to become integral parts of the agricultural value chain.

In support of youth involvement in agriculture, Siriboe has established a training centre in Juabeng. This centre aims to offer education in agriculture and agribusiness, equipping the next generation of farmers with essential skills and knowledge.

The event also heard from Prof. Kweku Oppong Asante, Hall Master of Akuafo Hall, who reflected on the historical significance of agriculture in national development. He remarked that enhancing the agricultural sector could have mitigated the economic challenges posed by COVID-19 and other global crises.

Siriboe’s message is clear: for Ghana to achieve sustainable economic growth, agriculture must be at the forefront, supported by innovative policies and the involvement of the youth.

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