Deputy Minister of Agriculture Dr Sagre Bambangi has said that the effects of climate change have impacted on food production and the development of African nations. He said a serious approach to organic farming would help to alleviate its negative impact on the continent.
Dr Bambangi said establishing measures towards mitigating the negative impact of climate variability and change, ensuring food safety, addressing low soil fertility and over-reliance of chemical inputs which affect productivity in agriculture were also interventions being made by various countries.
He said this in an address read on his behalf at the opening ceremony of the 5th West African Organic Agriculture Conference held in Accra on Tuesday, themed “Organic Agriculture: – Life for All”.
Dr Bambangi said government under the Sustainable Development Goals has introduces various policies and efforts to promote sustainable agriculture to address the issues and ensure good health and well-being of the citizenry. According to him, being an agrarian economy, promoting sustainable agriculture such as ecological organic agriculture in the country would fast track the attainment of the “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda.
“All these demonstrate Ghana’s efforts in the mainstreaming ecological organic agriculture into national plans and programmes as enjoyed by the African Union,” he said.
Dr Bambangi urged participants of the four-day conference, to discuss further the challenges facing the organic agriculture sector not just in the sub-region but also for Africa and find practical and workable recommendations and solutions that would yield positive results when implemented.