Ghana–Hungary Partnership To Boost Agric Production- Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana
| Updated Nov 03, 2017 at 3:23am
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Ambassador András Szabó in a group photograph with participants at the first Ghanaian–Hungarian Agriculture Forum in Accra.
The Ambassador of Hungary to Ghana, András Szabó says innovation and scientific research are essential to the development of the agricultural sector in Ghana.
According to him, the future of agriculture is dependent on new technologies and research, to help produce more rather than the old system of farming, which is prevailing in many parts of Ghana.
The Ambassador said this, when he was addressing participants at the first Ghanaian–Hungarian Agriculture Forum in Accra.
Mr. András Szabo, disclosed that, a team of experts from the Hungarian National Agriculture Research & Innovation Center is in Ghana to do fact finding and explore the Agriculture sector for a further collaboration with Ghana’s Research Centres and Universities, to introduce their crops, seeds and the application of different modules from Europe to ascertain the best means of improving farming in Ghana.
He noted that his Country has also held an extensive discussions with some Ghanaian farmers in the Poultry and Animal Breeding Industry to strategize on quality meat production.
Mr. Szabo disclosed that, "we intention to construct food Processing Units to support the current government’s ‘One District, One Factory’ (1D1F) program".
In his remarks, the Chairman of Ghana Poultry Farmers Association, Victor Oppong Agyei, said local farmers are ready for the introduction of modern technological advancement of poultry equipment like processing plants and modern poultry houses to improve and enhance broiler production in the country.
"My recent visit to Hungary has given me a clear indication of the capabilities and importance of Hungarian Agriculture potential and expertise of modern quality innovative technologies applied to the country’s agriculture and with a collaborative effort Ghana can learn, adopt and implement their technological knowledge to advance the aged methodology of farming for a valuable and desirable improvement of our condition".
Mr. Oppong Agyei, however, appealed to the Hungarian Private Sector, to consider introducing possible investment opportunities to expand and compete with the influx of imported frozen chicken.
For his part, the President of National Farmers and Fishers Award Winners Association, Ghana (NFFAG), Davies Korboe, has implored the Hungarian government to make useful investment into the Ghanaian agricultural sector by considering value addition industries.
This, he said, will help to address some of the challenges including high post-harvest losses and rural infrastructure, being faced by local farmers for mutual benefit.
He however, proposed the formation of Ghana–Hungary Agricultural Chamber to share various ideas and collaborations on farming and value chain.
Story by Francis Edzorna Mensah