The outing Vice Chair of the Association of Ghana Industries for Ashanti and Brong Ahafo Region, William Awuku Ahiadome has charged government, industrialists and agricultural institutions to invest heavily in tomato production.
He further challenged institutions to take bold steps in initiating policies that will add value to tomato production in the country.
‘Who takes the responsibility of providing irrigation, investing in production, adequate land and then giving it out to the youth or farmers so that scale of production will be huge, and that a factory would be worth citing. This will help us to produce more, and then we feed it to the manufacturing sector,’ he submitted.
Speaking Ultimate breakfast hosted by Prince Minkah, he suggested that, tomato production should not be a seasonal but a year round activity.
He observed that apart from Kwame Nkrumah’s government, subsequent government have not paid much attention to adding value to the agricultural sector.
‘Historically, expect for Kwame Nkrumah’s government no subsequent government actually took the trouble of moving the direction to say that if you have a raw item. We must add value to it before exporting, so governments came and government left, and is still ruling, no serious investments has gone into the turning around raw materials from agriculture,’ he pointed out.
Mr. Ahiadome said there should be mass production for farmers as well as the country to make profits.
‘I don’t know one sector that left agriculture to the private sector, every economy the State invests heavily in the economy, agricultural in particular because that is a unique sector. You cannot leave the private sector alone to handle,’ he noted.
According to him, the country can be in better balancing payments positions from importing tomatoes and other agricultural produce.
‘You produce so much of it that you can now export, and from there you can earn more. From the export, you actually replace what you would have been importing and then, you substitute that and save money from your foreign exchange. You also help yourself by having better balancing of payments positions with other countries,’ he said.
By: Ultimate1069.com/Ghana/Leticia Osei