The minister of Agriculture has underscored the need to shift towards mechanisation in farming, acknowledging that without farm mechanisation it will be difficult to meet our target in food production much more add value to our products.
Amie Fabureh was speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the Malabo Montpelier Forum held at a local hotel in Kotu on Tuesday. She made it clear that crop production should be linked to the value change for farmers to benefit, further encouraging private sector to involve and invest more in the agricultural sector.
“Without private sector involvement it will be difficult; because we need partnership and presently the government is trying to have projects that will address the value chain. We need to improve on our irrigation system at Sapu because we have fresh water and sustainability become challenge among farmers and that one has to be addressed,” she added.
Minister Fabureh observed that the private sector is a key partner in national development, highlighting that government alone cannot do it, thus the need for more partnership. She hinted that the ministry is engaging other sectors to see to it that food production in the country is enhanced as we have more women farmers.
“We have to support and look at their rice value chain from the production to the table”.
The ministry, she said, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in order to contract 200 farmers to enhance their market. Ousmane Badiane, co-chair of Malabo Montpelier panel, disclosed that the promising energy-related strategies, policies and technologies emerging across Africa’s agricultural value chain has both successes and challenges in improving the rural poor’s access to energy and are part of a broader agriculture sector transformation.
This, he said apart from drawing on the government actions of six Africa countries that were identified as leaders within this space, also makes recommendation for policy and programme interventions that can be replicated across the continent to accelerate this progress.
The Malabo Montpelier panel convened 17 leading African and international experts in agriculture, ecology, nutrition and food security to facilitate policy choices by African governments so as to accelerate progress towards food security and improved nutrition in Africa.