Earlier today, September 29, 2021, I addressed the stakeholders in the organized 6th Agricultural Industrialization Conference at the Raybow Hotel, Takoradi in the Western Region.

The event looked at the “Financial and Technological Support for Agricultural Processing”, which in my earnest view demand careful attention.

I submitted during my speech that, efficient and effective agricultural production is vital to economic growth. To achieve this, the Government has been deliberate in investing in agricultural technology for sustainable food production through its laudable initiatives. Additionally, the Government has ensured that there is financial engineering through the banks to support agriculture. I requested Stanbic Bank to give more powers to their managers as well as making available funds for business.

I asked TIAST GROUP to set up their office here in the Western Region.

I emphasized that the interest of industry players must be on the consistent building of technological capacity in order to spur on production.

I again submitted that, the talked about private sector technology generation (and technology delivery) is essential for improving the lives of the farmers.

Therefore, value addition to agriculture produce is core to Government’s 1-District-1-Factory initiative. Furthermore, I talked about public-private sector partnership in ensuring that policies are reviewed and tailored towards addressing the financial and technological issues that confront our agricultural sector.

Hon. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah Western Regional Minister

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