Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has launched the 2017/2018 National Report of the Ghana Census of Agriculture, for the first time in approximately 33 years.
At the launch of the report, President Akufo-Addo noted the importance of agriculture to Ghana’s growth and development demands.
“In any well-governed state, both the population census and the census of agriculture are taken every ten years. In the early decades of our nationhood, the census of agriculture was conducted every ten years – the first in 1963, the second in 1975, and the third in 1985,” he said.
The President continued, “Shamefully, since then, for the last thirty-three years, no such census had been undertaken. Policy, prior to my assumption of office, had consequently been based largely on guess work. It is no wonder that this period witnessed the systematic decline of our agriculture. We cannot afford such neglect again.