Some players in the Agriculture sector have lashed out at government over what they describe as its poor attention to the sector.
The sector’s contribution to Ghana’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remains one of the lowest among the three sectors which contribute to the economy’s growth.
In 2015, agriculture contributed 19 percent to GDP, while other sectors like industry and services contributed 26.9 percent and 54.1 percent respectively.
Estimates from the Ghana Statistical Service suggest that the agriculture sector will grow at an average of 3.3% between this year and 2018, indicating that the sector’s future remains far from bright.
Speaking to Citi Business News, the General Secretary of the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU), Edward Kareweh said that governments have failed to give the sector the needed support to thrive.
“Agriculture is not leading the growth that we expect it to lead. It has indeed suffered serious inadequate investment and inadequate policy protection for it to play the role that it is supposed to play in our economic development,” he said.
“That is the state of agriculture where it has been so to speak not been given the needed support and indeed its performance too has not been the best that we have expected from it,” he added.
By; Anita Arthur/citibusinessnews.com/Ghana