There are inadequate funds to celebrate Farmers’ Day - Agric Minister

There are inadequate funds to celebrate Farmers’ Day - Agric Minister

- The Agric. minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, has disclosed that funds to celebrate the national Farmers' Day are inadequate

- He added that the ministry will turn to private donors and corporations to help fund the programme

- Dr. Afriyie-Akoto therefore called on parliament to consider an increment in the budget in future

The minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, has revealed that budgetary constraints may hinder the successful organization of the 2018 edition of the National Farmers’ Day.

Touching on a number of issues on the floor of parliament, Dr. Afriyie-Akoto stated that the government would have to rely on private donors and corporations in order to make it a success.

“The constraints of the national budget has been a major drawback to this year’s preparations given that some budgetary allocations of GH¢ 2million approved for the fiscal year 2016 and 2017 was maintained for 2018", he said.

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Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto Source: Supplied
Source: UGC

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“In effect, the ministry has had to rely heavily on sponsorship of corporate Ghana and other development partners to ensure a successful celebration," he added.

He therefore called for an increment in the budget allocation, so that in the coming years, the event could live up to its name.

The National Farmers’ Day is commemorated each year on the first Friday of December to honour farmers and fishermen.

The event acknowledges the vital position they occupy in the nation's socio-economic development.

The 2018 edition of the National Farmers’ Day will be held in Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region, with the theme; ‘Agriculture: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid’.

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