How 2.5 million households in Ghana earn their living in agric-Census report
More than 2.5 million households in Ghana earn their livelihood in agriculture, the country’s latest agriculture census data shows.
According to the report launched by President Akufo-Addo, there are 2,585,531 agricultural households in the country, with a population of 11,340,947.
Women dominate the space with 50.5 % of the country’s farming population.
According to the report of the 2017/2018 agriculture census, 75.2% of agricultural activity in the country remains mainly rural and rudimentary, with little innovation and modernization.
It also suggests that the use of modern tools and equipment such as tractors, shellers, power tillers, hatchery/incubator, meat processing equipment, and milking equipment is negligible.
Although tractors are the most used farm machinery, they are the least owned equipment; fertilizer is not used by most holders; the use of pesticides is highly prevalent among holders, and crop cultivation is predominantly dependent on rain.
Additionally, the Report indicated that the sector remains unfriendly to special interest groups, including persons with difficulty in performing activities and women; the level of education among agricultural holders is low; and the sector, to a large extent, is characterized by consumption of its own produce.