Dr. John Gatsi, an economist and senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, has urged government to make conscious effort to integrate and motivate the youth into the planting for food and jobs policy.
He was speaking at the 2nd Gari Festival at Ehi in the Ketu North District in the Volta Region as the Guest Speaker last Saturday.
Dr. Garsi intimated that “we are gradually losing the fight against the threat of unsustainable farming as the challenge of aged farmers remains largely unresolved”.
He advised the government to consciously motivate the youth into cassava cultivation and processing.
He explained that even though cassava production is key it largely remains a marginalized crop by food policy makers.
He further advised the chiefs and people of Ehi to ensure that they improve the gross product worth of cassava by diversifying and creating value for tapioca, yakayake and medicinal value of cassava.
He also asked the people to create mini-markets for gari during the festival to allow visitors buy their produce.
Dr. Gatsi asked Ghanaian entrepreneurs to be active in the food crop production and processing sector to improve on the attractiveness of the sector.
He described investment in cassava cultivation and processing as largely promising but untapped.
Prominent personalities such as Prof. Kofi Anyidoho, Dr. Nyonator, Dr. Kwaku Awoonor and Maj Gen Harry Anyidoho(rtd), the Volta Regional Minister and his deputy, as well as Hon. James Avedzi, the MP for Ketu North were at the festival.