The Minority Spokesperson on agriculture in Ghana’s parliament Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has criticised the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) performance in the agric sector.
Dr Akoto told a news conference Tuesday that the Mahama-led administration is deceiving Ghanaians when it claims it has improved agric in Ghana.
Citing an example, the ranking Member on Parliament’s Food and Agriculture Committee said the NDC has been selective in highlighting data to create the impression the sector is growing and improving.
“In most of the cases, they (NDC) select only two years to demonstrate growth of the whole period of eight years – 2008-2015.This is tantamount to intellectual dishonesty, to say the least,” he said.
He blasted the government’s inconsistencies in the distribution of subsidised fertiliser. He pointed to the distribution of 90,000 metric tonnes of subsidised fertiliser in 2014 when the government had promised to distribute 180,000.
“The NDC selected the year 2008 and the year 2013 to show that distribution had increased over the whole period of eight years. They failed to mention that there was no distribution of subsidised fertiliser in the year 2014 and that only 90,000 metric tonnes out of the 180,000 that they put in the budget were distributed in the year 2015. That takes no mention at all in the manifesto.”
On rice production, Dr Akoto said rice import has increased from 425,390 metric tonnes in 2008 to 630,200 metric tonnes in 2015.
He said: ““a whole period of eight years but they just showed numbers for 2008 and 2014 to show that rice production has also increased over the period of 2008-2015. What they failed to show is that rice production was down in the intervening years that is 2009-2013 and after 2014. What is worse is that they failed to mention that rice imports rose from 425,390 metric tonnes in 2008 to 630,200 metric tonnes in 2015.”