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Peasant farmers call for investments to reduce climate change impacts

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The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana has appealed for more commitment to reduce the impact of climate change on Ghana’s agricultural sector.

According to them, output will increase marginally with the provision of efficient systems to produce throughout the year.

The 2016 budget statement showed that government expenditure on agriculture has been reduced by 40 million cedis. The sector had planned to spend 395.19 million cedis this year but the government allocated 355.14 million cedis in 2016.

About 85 percent of the allocated amount is also expected to be spent on the Fertilizer Subsidy programme and the Agricultural Mechanization Service Centres.

But President of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Abdul Rahman Mohammed, says a reduction in the impact of climate change will ensure food security in Ghana.

“Government has to do enough because if you look at the climate change that is becoming rampant, green houses and irrigation dams will have to be provided to help the farmers to be able to farm even in the dry season. This will help the farmers and also ensure food security,” he said.

Abdul Rahman Mohammed added, “Even if you look at this year’s production, some areas have done better others too production levels are very low. For example in the Brong Ahafo region, you will realize production is very low.”

By: Pius Amihere Eduku/Citifmonline.com/Ghana

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