András Szabó, the ambassador of Hungary to Ghana, has underscored the importance of innovation and research for the development of Ghana’s agricultural sector in his speech at the recent Ghanaian-Hungarian Agriculture Forum held in Accra
Szabó said that the future of agriculture and extra production in Ghana is expected to be dependent on new innovations and technologies through research.
He further disclosed that a team from the Hungarian National Agriculture Research and Innovation Centre visited Ghana to explore the agriculture sector for a further collaboration with Ghana's research centres and universities.
The team also introduced Hungarian crops and seeds and the application of different modules from Europe to ascertain the best means of improving agricultural production in Ghana, therefore to bring mutual benefit of both the countries.
He said that in order to support Ghana government's ‘One-District, One-Factory’ (1D1F) programme, Hungary is taking steps to construct food processing units in Ghana. In addition, Hungary had also held extensive discussions with some Ghanaian farmers in the poultry and animal breeding industry to strategise on quality meat production.
Victor Oppong Agyei, chairman of the Ghana poultry farmers association, said that local farmers were ready for the introduction of modern poultry equipment like processing plants and modern poultry houses to improve and enhance broiler production in the country.
Noting the efficacy of agricultural practices in Hungary, which is aiming to help Ghana in boosting its agribusiness, Agyei remarked, “My recent visit to Hungary has given me a clear indication of the capabilities and importance of Hungarian agriculture potential and expertise of modern quality innovative technologies applied to the country's agriculture and with a collaborative effort Ghana can learn, adopt and implement their technological knowledge to advance the aged methodology of farming for a valuable and desirable improvement of our condition.”
Davies Korboe, president of National Farmers and Fishers Award Winners Association (NFFAG) in Ghana, urged to form Ghana-Hungary joint agricultural chamber to share ideas and collaborate on farming and the value chain.