The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that the agricultural sector contributed 76.38 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2017. According to sources at the ministry, the feat was realized thanks to efforts put in place to boost production in value added sub sectors, increase mechanization and equipment. The sectors that witnessed a boost includes cocoa, coffee, cotton, rubber, banana, rice and cassava. Cocoa production grew by 9 per cent in 2016 and it’s expected to surge by 18 per cent this year while banana is expected to grow by 5 per cent, up from 1 per cent in 2016. It should be noted that farmers benefited from high yielding seeds, inputs and machines from the government.