Farmers Still Use Cutlasses And Hoes
About 98 per cent of farmers in the country still use traditional methods like the cutlasses and hoes, Mr Davis Korboe, the 2009 National Best Farmer, has said. He told journalists that agriculture could attract more people as well as investors if only the needed environment was created in terms of loans and procurement of equipment for farmers. Mr Korboe said mechanised, farming which represented only two per cent, was not enough to increase food production and added that mechanization of agriculture was a must for the growth of the country. He said in developed countries agricultural materials such as equipment were highly subsidized but "In Ghana, it is only fertilizers that are subsidized" and asked "but where are the equipment to work with?" Dr Korboe suggested to the government to partner some financial institutions to provide credit facilities for farmers to buy their own equipment. Professor Nii Noi Dowuona, Dean of the College of Agriculture of the University of Ghana, said agriculture was crucial to the economy and therefore called on the government to do away with discriminatory policies.
Source: Ghana News Agency