Farmers in the northern regional regional parts of the country are growing in anger following reports that the Minority side of the Vetting Committee has rejected the nomination of the Agric Minister-designate, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.
They are therefore threatening to stage massive nationwide demonstration if the Minority side of the house does not rescind its decision.
In strongly worded statement issued by Spokesperson for the Farmers Forum in the Upper West Region, Alaska Kantong, the farmers called on the 137 NDC Members of Parliament to put the interest of the nation above that of their personal interest.
“We want to urge the NDC Members of Parliament to totally reject the recommendation of their members on the Minister-designate for Food and Agriculture. They should know that majority of us who are farmers in the northern regions of the country are not happy with their action” the group said.
The group further reminded the NDC that majority of their constituents stand to lose a lot should they go ahead to vote against the Agric Minister designate, adding that his rejection could mark the end of the hugely successful Planting for Food and Jobs programme which they say has brought massive success to farmers in the country.
The Farmers Forum noted that since his inception as the Minister for Food and Agriculture in 2017, the nominee has always acted in the supreme interest of ordinary farmers through various initiatives which have improved their businesses and socio-economic development.
According to them, Hon.Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto’s love and commitment for the socio-economic wellbeing of Ghanaian farmers is unprecedented in the history of this country, cautioning that any attempt to sabotage his approval will be fiercely resisted.
“We are calling on the NDC not to make a mistake that they will regret later. Because we farmers are very comfortable with the current administration of the Agric Minister and there is no way we are going to accept their decision to reject the Agric Minister-designate “