President Akufo-Addo has expressed strong optimism that, the flagship agricultural progromme by his administration, ‘Planting For Food and Jobs’, will succeed.
He gave the assurance when he launched the programme in the Brong Ahafo Region.
According to the president, the programme, is expected to modernize agriculture, improve production, achieve food security and make Ghana more self-sufficient, whilst creating jobs for the youth.
The president said he is aware of the expectation from Ghanaian farmers and their interest in government’s policy intervention in modernizing agriculture.
He said: “I am happy to inform you that ‘Planting for food and Jobs’ is the basis of the answer to the twin problems you have been confronted in recent years.”
He added, the policy “is anchored on the pillars that will transform Ghana’s agriculture; the provision of improved seeds, the supply of fertilizers, the provision of dedicated extension services and marketing strategy. The initiative is expected to increase the production of maize by 30%, rice by 49%, soybean by 25% and sorghum by 28% for current production levels.
The president further noted that agriculture must be prioritized to ensure that the lives of Ghanaians are affected positively.
According to him, government will “pursue a value addition strategy aimed at rapidly ramping up agro-processing and developing new and stable markets for our products.”
“Our policies and intervention will encompass the full agriculture value chain and creating additional business and job opportunities in the areas of storage, transport, processing and marketing of agriculture produce, all of which will ensure that our farmers and fisher-folk earn a higher income.”