Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, on Saturday, November 13th, joined the chiefs and the people of Asante Akyem Agogo to celebrate the second edition of the Agogo Golden Plantain Festival.
The sector minister expressed his overwhelming gratitude to the Agogomanhene, Nana Kwame Akouko Sarpong, for celebrating and honouring farmers with this yearly festival. This festival is expected to complement the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme.
In his speech, the agric minister pronounced that Nana Kwame Akuoko Sarpong' the Paramount chief Agogo Asante Akyem, is the ambassador for the Planting for Foods and Jobs, due to his immense contribution towards honouring farmers and the growth of agriculture in Agogo, the region and Ghana at large.
"It is encouraging to note that plantain produced in Agogo has become an exportable commodity or cash crop to the neighbouring countries such as Burkina Faso, Benin, La Cote D’Ivoire, Togo and Mali. Due to the mass production of plantain in Ghana (Agogo), the revenue on Agogo and the production community has risen to the tune of Gh¢216m as of the year 2020.
The Agric minister made it known to the community folks gathered at the function that, the government of Ghana has secured a machine for the production of plantain chips in Asante Akyem Agogo in mass quantity and they are been expected to be in Ghana early next year.
The Agric Minister opined that he will officially outdoor the Agogomanhene, Nana Akuoko Sarpong, on his ambassadorial role for Planting for Food and Jobs Ambassador when the machines for the production plantain chips arrive in Agogo in the first quarter of the year, 2022.
Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto also used the opportunity to highlight some of the policies and initiatives being implemented by the Government and the Ministry to improve the marketing value of plantain and other food crops in the country.
To sum up his speech, the Minister for Food and Agriculture supported the Agogo Golden Plantain festival with the sum of Gh¢20,000.