Ghana: boost for agriculture sector, as $250 million machinery deal is announced

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The Government of Ghana has announced an agricultural mechanization facility worth $250 million from three foreign partners to improve mechanized agriculture.

The equipment secured from India, Czech Republic and Brazil are to help the government implement its flagship Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto revealed this when he formally launched a multipurpose agro processing factory under the One District One Factory initiative at Jasikan in the Volta Region.

Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto explained that the machineries will range from basic handheld tools for smallholder farmers to big tractors for large scale farming.

He however pointed out that a larger part of the consignment, which is expected to arrive early next year, will be basic affordable tools which will be within the reach of the average farmer.

According to him, the equipment will include simple harvesters and planters as well as other handheld tools which will help improve efficiency in farming operations.

The objective is to ensure that as many farmers as possible have access to these tools and are able to afford them for their activities ” He stressed.

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