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Invest in agriculture - Professor Offei
afrol News, 15 December - The Dean of the School of Agriculture of the University of Ghana has said the thorough investment in agricultural technology would enhance production towards the attainment of Millennium Development Goals.
Professor Kwame Offei has called for a tax reduction on agriculture inputs to make the sector more viable.
He said beside the inadequate support and incentives for agriculture, the sector is overtaxed in Ghana, more than any other country in the sub-Sahara region.
Professor Offei said food insecurity and high food prices pose a threat to prosperity and security in many developing countries, expressing worry that Agricultural output per person in Africa has fallen in recent years.
He therefore called on African leaders to implement domestic policies that will provide incentives for agricultural productivity and reduce tax rates in the sector.
Some expert reports have also pointed out that it has become increasingly clear that conventional scientific approaches to food security and poverty reduction hardly meet farmers’ priorities in many marginal agricultural areas.
Food security and extreme poverty reduction were two of the most important Millennium Development Goals aimed among other things by halving poverty and hunger by 2015.
By staff writer
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