Mr John Kwao Sackey, Ga East Municipal Chief Executive, on Friday said Government has demonstrated commitment to the reduction of post-harvest loses for increased food security and nutrition. He said the establishment of the National Buffer Stock Company to facilitate the purchase, preservation and distribution of food stuff from farmers attest to that. “This is an attempt to insulate our farmers against post-harvest losses resulting from anticipated increase in production.”Mr Sackey was speaking at the 29th National Farmers Day Celebration of the Municipality at Abokobi in Accra. The 2013 celebration was on the theme: “Reducing post-Harvest Losses for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition.”

The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) says the introduction of Genetically Modified crops into the country could hurt its efforts to boost non-traditional exports into the European Union and the other developed countries. “In view of the overwhelming evidence of the EU and Western World’s attitude to GM foods it would be detrimental for Ghana to introduce the organism into its crops as all products stand the risk of being rejected and thereby reducing the percentage of exports to the region,” GEPA said in a statement signed by Mr Gideon Quarcoo, Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Nayon Bilijo, Minister of Fisheries Aquaculture Development has announced his Ministry’s plan to promote the co-management concept in the fisheries sector at the on-going West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP). Consequently the Ministry of Fisheries Aquaculture Development (MFAD) intends to carry out a review of the relevant legislation to provide the legal basis for it. Mr Bilijo was speaking at the closing ceremony of the Integrated Coastal and Fisheries Governance Initiative (ICFGI) in Accra.

Mr Seth Tekpeh, Minister of Finance had underscored the need for the banking system to win greater customer trust, efficient regulation and supervision in order to ensure stability in the financial sector. To this end, he said, government would implement policies that would enable financial service providers come out with an efficient credit delivery system. The Minister made the call in a speech read for him by his Deputy, Mr Kweku Richett-Hagan, who is also the Member of Parliament for Cape Coast at the official launch of a new logo (adb) by the Agriculture Development Bank in Accra on Tuesday.

My attention was drawn to a news item aired on the radio on the 2nd of December, 2015 about an issue which sounded very alarming to the Ghanaian Agricultural Sector and the ecosystem as a whole. In an article first reported by the Ghana News Agency; rice farmers in and around Ho, the Volta Regional Capital were lamenting over “poor rice seed” supplied to them under theRice Sector Support Project of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. According to the farmers, the seed was very poor and contaminated. The main issues raised were that:

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is to begin large-scale production of nutritious fresh milk to generate more revenue for its activities. Professor William Otoo Ellis, the Vice Chancellor, said it has target to produce about 1,500 litres of fresh yoghurt daily for the local market by the middle of the year. It had already secured partnership deal with the Peak Investment Capital Limited (PIC) for this, he added.