Gifty Amofa, GNA
Accra, March 12, GNA - Mr Robert Patrick Ankobeah, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Food Agriculture (MOFA) has said work would soon begin on a modern building complex for the Ministry.
The twin-tower complex would accommodate the third largest Ministry, which has 11 directorates and other agencies for effective collaboration to facilitate better service delivery.
Mr Ankobeah was addressing participants in an exhibition by the Women in Agriculture Development Directorate (WIAD).
He explained that all the offices of the Ministry were scattered and there was no proper coordination among the various directorates.
“This is not helping our organisational efficiencies and information sharing because there is no office complex to accommodate all,” the Chief Director said.
We don’t know where to put the directors in order to give them a conducive atmosphere to deliver...,” Mr Ankobeah complained.
The relocation, he said would again, give way for the Marine Drive Project to beautify the area, he stated.
Mr Ankobeah commended WIAD for making immense contribution towards national growth by complementing the work of the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, in spite of the challenges, and urged the other directorate to emulate it.
It has trained so many women in Nutrition, Food Safety, as well as Food Handling, and encouraged women to explore the possibility in investing in these areas because food processing had become viable enterprise.
WIAD has also developed strategies in ensuring mainstreaming of gender concerns in policies and programmes of the Ministry as a guide to handle sensitive gender issues.
“After 62 years, it’s a good time for Ghana to recall and boost the local economy by eating what we grow,” the Director encouraged.
The women in the business, he said, should think equal and be smart to find innovative ways in meeting the needs of customers.
Ms Paulina Addy, Acting Director of WIAD, said it was important to serve safe food to help deal with malnutrition and promote healthy living.
“We need to consume local foods to boost the economy and for own nutritional good,” she added.
The Acting Director of WIAD said the exhibition was to allow women especially, to work together, learn the various local produce, how they were processed as well as promote business development.
It was also to show the achievements of women in the Agricultural Sector to attract more of their kind to help empower them economically.
Among the products displayed were coconut oil, palm kennel oil, sweet potato buns, drinks, baobab oil and cereal flours.