Private sector urged to take advantage of Government’s flagship agriculture initiatives

Stakeholders’ Forum-Key Agriculture Initiatives_Accra

The private sector and other agribusiness stakeholders have been urged to take full advantage of the many opportunities that the government’s Agriculture initiatives have to offer.

The two initiatives, “Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)and One District, One Factory (1D1F)” since their launch in April and August respectively have been touted as the catalyst to propel the nation’s economic transformation agenda through job creation and improved livelihoods.

At a stakeholders’ forum held in Accra by Hunger Alliance Ghana in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), stakeholders concurred that the increasing role of the private sector in agriculture development presents new opportunities for collaboration between the public and private sectors.

The forum was held under the theme,”Stimulating private sector interest and participation in the government agriculture flagship initiatives (Planting for Food and Jobs and One District, One Factory)”

The aim of the forum is to identify the opportunities available in these initiatives for Ghanaian businesses to maximize private sector interest and investment.

It further discussed the two initiatives, how they are linked and how the private sector could play a crucial role to sustain it.

In his statement, Mr Walter Nunez-Rodriguez, Chief of Party, USAID/APSP urged the private sector to take full advantage of the juicy opportunities that these initiatives presents.

“If government is making opportunities for the private sector and they don’t take advantage of the opportunity, there will be a replacement with government enterprises,” he said.

He further notes that the private sector should move beyond meeting Ministers and challenging them but rather be proactive by conducting research and preparing policy briefs to challenge the status quo. He added, that the role of the private sector is to sustain the programmes because it bears huge prospects that will be beneficial to the growth of their ventures.

Nana Ayim Poakwah, Executive Director, Hunger Alliance of Ghana encouraged government to make the implementation of the initiatives private-sector driven.

By Pamela Ofori-Boateng (Ms)

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