Accra, GHANA—On December 1, 2017, in celebration of Ghana’s 33rd National Farmer’s Day (NFD), the National Executive Council, on behalf of the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) commends all hardworking Ghanaian farmers. Farmers Day, led by the Government of Ghana is a unique occasion to honor farmers who work tirelessly to feed their families and supply Ghana’s industries with agricultural produce. NFD is a call to action for all agriculture stakeholders, but most importantly seed value chain actors to recognize the crucial role farmers play in Ghana’s sustainable development.
Despite the huge challenges confronting Ghana’s agricultural industry such as: climate-change and erratic weather conditions; the infestation of the fall armyworm; lack of access to financing and investments; limited marketing opportunities for efficient value addition; and minimal post-harvest infrastructure— the efforts of Ghanaian farmers is laudable.
The theme for this year’s NFD celebration: “Farming for Food and Jobs” aims to revive Ghana’s agriculture sector which is crucial to promoting broad-based and inclusive economic growth. These efforts involve ensuring smallholder farmers gain access to quality agricultural inputs, like certified seed.
Currently, only 10 percent of farmers use certified seeds to plant their crops. Considering the incredible potential of certified seed in transforming Ghana’s agriculture sector, there remains a great need for seed stakeholders to produce high-quality seed varieties and increase their accessibility to farmers. This requires deliberate promotion of high-yielding and nutritionally rich seeds among Ghanaian farmers to boost agricultural productivity, make farming more profitable, and attract private sector investment. A modern and vibrant seed industry can help realize Ghana’s vision of food security, employment opportunities and reduced poverty.
To promote the development of Ghana’s seed industry, the National Seed Trade Association of Ghana (NASTAG) was established in November 2015 with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Agriculture Policy Support Project (APSP). NASTAG is the leading organization for all seed value chain actors in Ghana. The Association is committed to increasing the distribution of quality certified seeds, strengthening seed sector policy and private sector investment in Ghana’s agriculture sector.
NASTAG works with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and other partners to implement seed sector reforms and the Ghana Government’s agriculture flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ). NASTAG works with the Ghana Government to supply improved quality seeds to farmers through PFJ and creates an enabling environment for private sector investment in seed production.
Under Feed the Future, NASTAG aims to encourage all seed stakeholders to join forces and rally around championing reforms that will guarantee smallholder farmers’ access to high-quality seeds. In Ghana, Feed the Future works to improve the nutritional status of vulnerable communities, improve agricultural productivity and link farmers to agricultural technologies and markets.
For further inquiries call: NASTAG Number +233 302 781969 / 208 510838 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org About Feed the Future:
Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative. With a focus on smallholder farmers, particularly women, Feed the Future supports partner countries in developing their agriculture sectors to spur economic growth and trade that increase incomes and reduce hunger, poverty, and undernutrition. For more information, visit www.feedthefuture.gov.
This publication was made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the USAID or the U.S. Government.
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