Value chain

Cooperation with agricultural economists would engender a strong agricultural value chain system – Deputy Minister of Agriculture

The government says it is committed to collaborating with agricultural economists in agribusiness education because of the ripple effect on the agricultural value chain.

According to the Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, Yaw Frimpong Addo, strengthening the roles of agricultural economists would produce more agro-entrepreneurs whose activities could help reduce post-harvest losses, among others.

Speaking at the 5th Conference of the Ghana Association of Agricultural Economists (GAAE) in Sunyani, Bono Region, Mr. Frimpong Addo said such cooperation will also ensure a strong agricultural value chain system.

“They teach these students in universities, economics and agriculture. And the agricultural value chain – from farm to consumer, there is a whole range of activities that young people can take advantage of,” he said.

Mr. Frimpong Addo added, “When you teach these young people about agribusiness, they become entrepreneurs and agro-entrepreneurs, and hence post-harvest losses would be reduced. They would explore more markets outside so that when farmers produce, there is a way to get them to market. And it takes aggregators and entrepreneurs to do what starts with groups like this.”

“To get more of these young people interested in agriculture within the value chain, and that’s why we (the Ministry of Agriculture) are so interested in the association so that together we can build a strong agricultural value chain system that everyone will benefit from.

Cooperation with agricultural economists would engender a strong agricultural value chain system - Deputy Minister of Agriculture

The 3-day conference, which started on October 6, 2022, hosted by Sunyani University of Energy and Natural Resources, is themed “Agricultural Innovations, Entrepreneurship and Trade for Sustainable Development”.

Participants include; scientists, agricultural economists, researchers and students.

The conference aims to take stock of current affairs in the profession, dialogue on measures to improve the well-being of farmers and adopt measures to influence government policies on agriculture and the agricultural value chain for development. of the sector.

GAAE Chairman, Professor Daniel Bruce Sarpong, said agriculture, although a private sector-led activity, requires the involvement of all stakeholders to bring about the necessary development.

Cooperation with agricultural economists would engender a strong agricultural value chain system - Deputy Minister of Agriculture

He said the links between input dealers, farmers and traders and the consumer are so important that any mishap could derail expected agricultural development.

“It is good that we are talking about the challenges and the policies and strategies of the devices to overcome the challenges. And it is not only the responsibility of the government, but of all the stakeholders”.

Professor Bruce Sarpong, who is also a lecturer at the University of Ghana, said success in agricultural development should not be left to government alone.

“There should be a dialogue between partners in the agricultural value chain to drive the sector to the level desired by all,” he noted.

Cooperation with agricultural economists would engender a strong agricultural value chain system - Deputy Minister of Agriculture

UENR Vice-Chancellor, Professor Elvis Asare-Bediako, called on GAAE to involve other agricultural ecosystem stakeholders to deliberate on how the natural environment could support agricultural production and trade .

He said the future results could be devastating without careful planning and implementation of proper strategies for agricultural production and use of natural resources.