A document on Ghana's Yam development Strategy has been launched in Accra, yesterday.
The document which was formulated in response to a request from the Government of Ghana in 2012 and led by a public-private appointed committee aims at developing yam and other associated crops industry and support networks in Ghana through increased value addition for domestic, regional and international markets.
The project was championed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry to support the development of the yam sector in terms of production and commercialisation.
Launching the Sector Strategy for the Yam Industry in Ghana, the Chief Director of Trade and Industry, Nii Ansah Adjaye indicated that Yam in Ghana had a national importance as it is a staple and reliable crop that engages great number of farmers, thereby creating jobs for traders, transporters among others after harvesting.
"Yam is noted for its ethno-cultural values, particularly in the Northern part of Ghana as well as a leading foreign exchange earning commodity with inflows ranging between US$ 15 million and US$18 million," he added.
He noted that the strategy document contained specific scientific analysis of the yam sector value chain such as the demands of the domestic and export markets, the interventions to be pursued in its implementation process, and the opportunities being created for all value chain actors and stakeholders to be benefitted from the transformed yam sector.
He, therefore, called on all stakeholders, development partners and the international private sector investors to join forces with their visions and resources with the Yam Strategy Implementation Committee in order to make Ghana the leading source of premium quality yam products with global penetration which would contribute to improved livelihoods.
The Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge of Crop, Dr Alhassan Yakubu Ahmed for his part, noted that the programme, when implemented would improve livelihoods of farming communities relying on a market and producer led approach, attract investments and influence the negotiation power for policy making and funds.
Source: ISD (Michelle F. Agbenorto)