The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Fifi Kwetey, says politicians are harming the country and the African continent with their “desperate and irresponsible” promises during election campaigns.
According to the Ketu South Member of Parliament, such desperate promises, especially, made to farmers, put a lot of pressure on his ministry, since farmers tend to expect government to provide them with basically everything before they can be successful in that sector.
“I agree that the desperate, irresponsible promises just must stop. I am one person who clearly believes that we are actually harming this country, and harming this continent through these desperate politics.”
Speaking on the MORNING STARR with Kafui Dey Thursday, the Agriculture Minister said the biggest challenge affecting his ministry is the mindset of farmers.
He said until farmers understand that farming is a business and properly plan towards it; it would be difficult for them to make progress.
He said as a minister in charge of the sector, his biggest problem is “how to be able to bring about that real transformation in terms of approach.”
Kwetey said it was important for farmers to understand that little will be achieved until they changed their entire approach to farming.
The former Minister of State in charge of financial and allied institutions added that government is working systematically to ensure that dams are constructed in areas where agriculture needs to be encouraged to shore up the sector.