All is set for the National launch of GARDJA; the Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association. The group which comprises journalists from all parts of Ghana seeks to organize journalists and media organizations to share perspectives on salient issues related to Agriculture and Rural Development.
The event which is scheduled to take place today; 1st June, 2016 at Noda Hotel in Kumasi is under the theme; “Improving Agricultural Financing for the Smallholder farmer in Ghana”.
Journalists throughout Ghana are expected to participate in this landmark launch which is believed to serve as a launch pad for a new era of agro journalism.
President of the Association; Richmond Frimpong tells rawgist.com he is saddened by the fact that though Ghana’s economy remains
agrarian in nature and employs more than 44 per cent of the working population, Agriculture is still characterised by the use of very simple traditional tools for production; a situation he believes accounts for the low levels of productivity in the sector. He outlines other factors such as the weather, capital, inadequate knowledge, price instability and poor marketing of produce among others as other serious issues gnawing at the Ghanaian Agro sector and hopes that journalists will play an important part in raising some of the issues to the front burner of national discourse and also contribute significantly to policy on Agriculture.