Why African leaders should actively promote agriculture

Editor, As the African continent pushes ahead with plans for a stronger services industry to help increase economic growth, we cannot forget that most African countries' GDP is still heavily dependent on agriculture.

Editor,

As the African continent pushes ahead with plans for a stronger services industry to help increase economic growth, we cannot forget that most African countries' GDP is still heavily dependent on agriculture.

This is a sector that's currently aiming for economic transformation through value addition, but it is also a sector that's essential for nations' self-sufficiency.

As we all know, the latter is the first step towards real autonomy, so definitely an important focus of the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Diyana, Rwanda

Reaction to the story, “Rwanda targets investors at Africa economic forum” (The New Times, May 7)

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