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John Mahama champions agriculture as cornerstone for Ghana’s Future

Mahama emphasized the crucial role of agriculture in securing the nation's future, combating climate change, and ensuring food security.

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In an address to Ghanaian journalists on Sunday night, Former President and presidential candidate for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) John Dramani Mahama laid out his ambitious vision for transforming Ghana’s agricultural sector.

Mahama emphasized the crucial role of agriculture in securing the nation’s future, combating climate change, and ensuring food security.

Mahama passionately argued against the perception of agriculture as a poor man’s occupation, stating,Agriculture can generate significant wealth and employment.”

He underscored the strategic importance of food security in a world increasingly impacted by climate change, asserting that agriculture must be the foundation of Ghana’s development.

“Without reliable access to affordable and nutritious food in sufficient quantity, growth and development are impossible,” Mahama stated.

He stressed the necessity of local food production to mitigate reliance on international imports, which can be disrupted by global supply chain issues.

“The simplest way to achieve food security is to produce food locally,” he declared.

Mahama revealed three key policies his administration would implement to bolster the agricultural sector if he wins the presidency:

Special Agro-Industrial Zones: Mahama plans to establish agro-industrial zones in all sixteen regions of Ghana. These zones will focus on adding value to local crops with a comparative advantage, boosting exports, and reducing the need for raw material imports.

Farmer Service Centres: To improve food security and economic growth, Mahama intends to create farmer service centres nationwide.

These centres will provide advanced farming techniques, modern digital tools, and support through well-established farmer cooperatives and agribusiness promotion.

Operation Feed Yourself and Industries: Drawing inspiration from the 1970s initiative, Mahama aims to launch a new program to make Ghana self-sufficient in basic staples and reduce unnecessary imports.

Mahama highlighted his personal connection to agriculture, identifying himself as a farmer and expressing solidarity with Ghana’s farming community.

“I see farmers as my close brothers and sisters because of their strategic importance in helping Ghana become a true Black Star not only of Africa but of the world,he said.

He concluded by emphasizing that true leadership is about vision and empowerment, positioning agriculture as the cornerstone of Ghana’s future growth and development.

As Ghana prepares for the upcoming elections, Mahama’s proposals signal a focused approach to revitalizing the agricultural sector and ensuring the nation’s food security amidst global uncertainties.

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