The Ghana Agriculture and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA) is asking the government to among other steps secure lands purposely for the purpose of farming and allocate same to aspiring young farmers.
GARDJA believes a focus on agricultural land ownership and distribution is key to increase agricultural productivity.
This was contained in a four-point document released by the Association on her website www.gardja.org.
In the document, they call for full government ownership and control of all agrarian lands in the country.
“The government should demarcate land for production and establishment of hatcheries for the poultry industry…The government should secure a tract of land for farming purposes in the country, since, farmlands are being taken over by private developers” GARDJA suggested.
They also suggested that the government protects lands in the peri-urban areas for Urban farming purposes.
“This, when done, would do away with the cumbersome and frustrating venture in acquiring farmlands in the country”.
The Association comprising journalists with backgrounds and interests in Agriculture and Rural Development believe strongly that the nature of the land tenure and system and lands administration pose a serious threat to the country’s agriculture.
They insist these suggestions when implemented will guarantee theserve as the best guarantee in sustaining our farmlands for future production and also reduced the high cost in acquiring lands particularly for female smallholder farmers.
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