Ghana now imports plantain – Nana Addo Nana Akufo­Addo, NPP flagbearer

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The 2016 Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo is blaming the
decline of the agriculture sector on the import of foreign food produce by NDC government.
According to Nana Addo, the agric sector has recorded consistent decline under the NDC government as
compared to the NPP administration under John Agyekum Kufuor.
He said during Kufuor’s regime, the import food bill was at $600 million but the NDC led by the late
President John Mills and John Mahama constantly criticized them but the food import bill under the NDC
administration has shot up to $1.6 billion.
“When Kufuor was leaving in 2008 the import food billfor our country was $600 million, Mills and Mahama
criticized Kufuor for his performance and promised to reduce it. Last year the food import bill of our country
was $1.5 billion. We are now importing plantain into Ghana.” Nana Addo while speaking at a meeting of
NPP international branch in France blamed the issue on the continuous decline of the local agric sector.
“Agriculture which in Kufuor’s last year was growing at 7.4% in 2008, this year was 0.04%. These are the
facts about Ghana, they are not my invention. If you look in the officialstatistics, the budget statistics,
everything that I’m telling you is there.
And the mismanagement is the reason why today we are back with the IMF,” he added. The NPP flagbearer
also said the NPP is poised to return the country back to the path of progress and prosperity if given the nod
in the November elections.
Nana Addo argued that President Mahama and his NDC government have been extremely inefficient in
managing the affairs of the country. “We are going to change the fortunes of our country and put it back on
the road of prosperity and progress,” Nana Addo added.
Ghana’s agric sector was in the past described as the ‘mainstay’of the Ghanaian economy but that cannot be
said of it in recent times. The Chief Executive Officer of Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mr. Seth
Twum­ Akwaboah had observed that the agriculturalsector which was a major growth­pillar of the economy,
has declined drastically, affecting the livelihoods of many Ghanaians.
He said the agriculture sectors share of the Domestic Gross Product (GDP) has dropped by 12.8 percent
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“The contribution of the agriculturalsector is likely to drop further in 2016 as government has cut its 2016
expenditure on the sector by GHc 40million — despite growth in the sector stalling to 0.04 percent this year
when government had targetted 3.6 percent growth,” he added.
GAWU warns of food shortage Meanwhile, the General Agriculture Workers Union (GAWU) is has warned
of foodstuffshortages if pragmatic measures are not adopted to develop the sector.