Congratulations to all our farmers and fisherfolk across the country.
In celebrating our farmers today, let us also remind ourselves of the difficulties they confront in order to provide food for the nation and contribute to our foreign exchange earnings.
My administration started working on addressing issues of access to Finance and Mechanized Equipment, to help boost productivity and profits. We reinvigorated the Agricultural Mechanisation Centres and launched a Farmer Services Centre Programme, that was going to make available affordable and modern equipment to all farmers across the country. Funding under the EDAIF was scaled up, and distribution of inputs prioritized. A decent number of fish storage and processing facilities were provided and we also sourced critical funding from Canada, which is financing key programmes in the Agricultural sector today.
We also initiated a Programme to attract more of our youth into farming and I am happy that the results have began to show.
I salute all farmers including our Cocoa farmers, fishers, those in animal husbandry and the hardworking professionals who offer technical support to them.
Congratulations once again and a happy Farmers Day to us all.