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This was contained in the 2013 Agro-Policy Performance Barometer Report that was launched in Accra by the Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC), a non-governmental organisation.It was jointly launched by the Board Chair of GTLC, Dr Rose Mensah-Kutin and a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Economics of the University of Ghana, Mr Theodore Antwi-Asare.About the report.
The 50-page report focused on evaluating the practical effectiveness of some agriculture policies in Ghana with specific reference to small-scale commercial production of rice and tomatoes.
Specific areas Mr Antwi-Asare said the main areas for the evaluation were the skill level of farmers, how basic skills in farming were acquired and the land size cultivated in the 2013 farming season.
According to him, the report revealed that many farmers acquired skills through sheer practice and were not aware of productivity-enhancing methods.
“The majority cultivated one five acres of land, depending on tractors and hoes for land preparation, and it took them over three weeks to access a plough service,” Mr Antwi-Asare said.
He, therefore, called on the government to facilitate efficient policy implementation by developing a clear cut strategy that targeted small-scale farmers, especially women and the youth.
“The government must also support them in the form of land acquisition and preparation equipment and further address their concerns by making funds and new farming methods available to them,” Mr Antwi-Asare said.