General News of Thursday, 7 June 2018
The minister repeated federal government’s dedication to realizing SDG 2
Deputy Minister of Resident Federal Government and Rural Advancement in charge of Rural Economic Advancement and Agriculture, Collins Ntim, has identified government’s medium- to long-lasting policies on farming to the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), José Graziano da Silva.He did that at the 159th FAO council meeting at the FAO Headquarters in Rome, on 6 June 2018.
Mr Ntim stated Ghana, over the years, has actually initiated a variety of pro-poor programmes and interventions targeted at reducing cravings and poverty across the nation, and, the first nation on the African continent to achieve the Centuries Development Goal No. 1 in relation to hardship and hunger, where he stated Ghana has decreased the level of its malnourished population from 7 million in the early 1990s to less than one million today.Mr Ntim restated the dedication of the Akufo-Addo federal government to make sure the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 2, which will assist the country chart a sustainable course to ending cravings, food insecurity, and all kinds of poor nutrition by 2030. Discussing government’s current policies, Mr Ntim stated the Federal government rolled out the Co-ordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development (CPESD) Policy in 2017. The seven-year CPESD Policy (2017-2024) is focused on reforming
Ghana’s farming and market to improve the rural economy.This, he stated, is anticipated to put Ghana on the path to ending all kinds of hardship, hunger and malnutrition.Mr Ntim even more exposed that federal government’s vision is to modernise farming, enhance production effectiveness,
achieve food security, and success for farmers, which are all aimed at considerably boosting agricultural productivity.The standard objective of the policy is to guarantee food self-sufficiency for Ghanaians to be able to feed themselves and wean them off reliance on the importation of foods items that can be grown in the country– hence the mantra,”Ghana Beyond Help.”The deputy minister said, “The District Centre for Farming Commerce and Innovation (DCACT)is another significant unit, which has been established in each district to coordinate and harmonise all commercial, entrepreneurial and farming initiatives to accomplishing viability and sustainability of economic development and job creation at the district level. It will help with and coordinate efforts of department of the assembly in the execution of all flagship program geared to the elimination of hardship and cravings and functions as the practical secretariat of the District Planning and Coordination System(DPCU).”Mr Ntim held a closed-door meeting with Mr José Graziano da Silva who promised his total support and commitment to improve rural financial advancement through farming and more congratulated Mr Ntim for his tough work in the execution of the planting for export and rural advancement program (PERD ).