According to a research conducted by Wageningen University and Research (WUR), global population is expected hit 9.5 billion people by the year 2050, and unless new environmentally-friendly patterns of agricultural production are adopted, the sector risks exhausting the planet’s natural resources in agricultural production by that year.
This therefore implies, that future agriculture and it’s related activities across the continent could be greatly challenged by climate change in its worst form.
It is in view of this that the Netherlands intends to switch to circular agriculture by the year 2030. This system of agriculture requires arable farming, livestock farming and horticulture, to primarily use raw materials from each others supply chains and waste flows from the food industry and the food supply chain. Residues in this system are reused or reprocessed into new auxiliary products. It also helps to drastically reduce too much usage of chemical inputs in production, making farm produce safe for consumption.
Shedding more light on the new method the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker, said circular agriculture is ones of the surest ways to fully explore the full potential in agriculture, with minimal destruction to the natural environment.
According to him, the system will enable farmers to increase productivity to match the growing population demand. Adding that his country is ready to share with Ghana knowledge and experiences gained so far in that regard.
The Ambassador stated this in a remark at the recent 9th Annual Pre-harvest Agribusiness Conference and Exhibition at Tamale in the Northern Region.
Mr Strikker challenged farmers to scale up fruit and vegetables production to help change the eating habits of the people of Ghana.
For his part, the 2018 National Best Farmer, Mr James Boateng, said in order to raise the income level of farmers, the right structures such as education on best practices, availability of market must be put in place. He urged government to ensure free flow of the agricultural supply chain to boost productivity.
In a key note address, the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Dr Gyiele Nurah, stated that the various flagship programs such as Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), One District-One Warehouse, et al, are testimonies of government’s commitment to transforming the agricultural space in Ghana.
He indicated that though government has attain some level success, the private sector needs to collaborate to bring a total transformation to the industry.
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