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Ghanaian Vice President Kwesi Amissah has called on African leaders to encourage investments in agriculture to meet the continent’s goals in food security and poverty reduction. An online statement from the country’s presidency made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), quoted Amissah as making the call in Accra on Friday.
The statement said the vice president was speaking at the 5th Africa Agricultural Science Week and General Assembly of Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa. Amissah said the income levels of African nations will rise if leaders obey the call. “Investing in agriculture will create employment, increase income levels of rural families and stimulate the local economies of African communities,’’ he said.
The vice president said that Ghana had made significant progress in reducing poverty and hunger through such investments. “Our spending on agricultural research and development has increased reasonably and I think that the results of our commitments are being felt. “Such commitments have led to increased food production, availability and affordability,’’ he said.
Amissah further said that Ghana had continued to promote policies that would encourage more participation of people in agriculture. (NAN)