The Chairman of the Parliament of Ghana’s Agriculture Committee completed an impressive visit to County Roscommon last week, hosted by local TD Denis Naughten.
The delegation of Dr. Ahmed Alhassan Yakubu MP, Chairman of Ghana’s Agriculture Committee, and Mr. Samuel Atta Akyea MP, visited Roscommon to get a flavour of Irish farming, farm practice and the work that the LEADER Partnership has been doing with small farm holders in County Roscommon.
“This was a great opportunity to showcase agriculture in Roscommon and develop potential trade and tourism links with West Africa,” said Denis Naughten.
The delegation travelled to Ireland as part of a visit arranged by AWEPA (The Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa) in conjunction with Dáil Éireann.
Denis Naughten continued: “The domestic economy in Ghana revolves around subsistence agriculture, which accounts for 35 percent of GDP and employs 55 percent of the work force, mainly small landholders. So while the practical issues may be different, the barriers which have to be overcome are quite similar to those in Ireland.
“Presently, Ghana spends about one billion dollars in food imports every year. The items imported include wheat, rice, poultry, beef, sugar and others. Building greater ties at a parliamentary level will strengthen diplomatic, economic and trade ties between the two countries.”
Commenting on his visit Dr Ahmed Alhassan Yakubu MP, Chairman of Ghana’s Agriculture Committee, said: “What I have noticed about Ireland and Roscommon is the fact that they have recognised agriculture to be the mainstay of the economy and the need to put efforts into it to ensure it really gets enhanced.
“I think Ghanaians and Irish have a lot in common – we are very agriculture conscious. Ireland can help Ghana a lot to become a star in agriculture. This is only the beginning and this small beginning should develop bigger between our governments.”
See photos of the visit here