At a time of global climate change, the ordinary Ghanaian farmer ought to be encouraged to take up organic, no-till/permaculture type of agriculture - and made aware of the many soil-enhancing qualities of biochar. (http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=151432)
Yet, the clueless masters of the universe in charge of our country, talk glibly about tractors for farmers (a mostly disadvantaged section of Ghanaian society, without even the money to purchase the darn things, let alone run and maintain them) - and all because they probably want their offshore companies to make money as sole and exclusive agents of desperate American tractor manufacturers. Typical.
Well, speaking as someone who desires rural Ghana to realise its potential and improve the quality of life of ordinary farmers, our country, in my humble view, ought rather to be actively working with people like the American Ken Hargesheimer's MiniFarms organisation (http://www.minifarms.com/.), the South African sustainable development company, Sustainable Villages Africa [SVA] (http://www.sva.co.za/.), and the Biochar Fund organisation in Europe (http://biocharfund.com/index.php.), to leverage their environmentally-friendly and sustainable development models for rural development.
Awurade Nyame, I am just so fed up with our well-educated and clueless political class. Do they not know just what dangers global climate change portends for Ghanaian agriculture? Rather than go into debt to purchase tractors, why aren't they funding the critical state research institutions, which will guide Ghanaian agriculture to take the right measures to improve productivity of the sector, in the face of the great challenges of global climate change?
Perhaps, as usual, they are probably too busy dreaming up schemes to "chop Ghana small". Imbeciles - the lot of them. This Ghanaian farmer and patriot, is totally fed up with his country's political class. How can we continue like this, I ask?
In this mood, dear reader, I certainly don't want any lip from the "My-party-my-tribe-right-or-wrong" myrmidons who cram www.ghanaweb.com with their gross ignorance, and whose blinkered support for the brain-dead politicians (whom we elect every four years, only to end up ruining our country, whiles enriching themselves and their family clans at our expense), is encouraging those imbeciles to destroy our country! They are also part of mother Ghana's problem: that partisan and arrogant blinkered-crowd.
Don't these people know when to stop? At a time of global climate change, tractors - when ordinary farmers can't even afford kerosene, let alone diesel?
Do they think that all of us simple farmers, have the "awuf" billions of cedis they can command from the banks and venture capital funds, which fund and take up stakes in the undertakings of only the politically well-connected, and the regime-crony high net worth oligarchs, in this country? Awurade Nyame, this is the limit. I am simply thoroughly fed up with the status quo in the Ghana of today.
Hmmmm, Ghana, ayeasem oo - asem ebeba debi ankasa. May God bless and protect our homeland Ghana, always. Long live freedom! Long live Ghana!