He said there was the need for a new corps of youth to take up agriculture as a profession since the existing core group of farmers were getting old and could not continue in the trade in the near future.
“Africa’s industrialization story has to start with agriculture,” Ansu, who is the Chief Economist at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), told journalists during a day’s media discussion on “Building Media Partnerships for Africa’s Transformation.”
The economist said Africa, as well as Ghana’s agriculture sector, needed modernization by dealing first with the cumbersome land tenure system, urging government to introduce policies that would make land readily available for those who sought to practice agriculture.
The economist added that mechanization, irrigation, fertilizer application, credit for farmers, storage and marketing were all issues bedeviling the sector that needed to be streamlined to make the sector profitable and attractive.
“To do all these requires political leadership and direction in this area to make the agenda happen. If we can do this, we think agriculture would be a very critical element in helping drive Africa’s economic transformation,” Ansu said.