President Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that agriculture will continue to be a priority under his administration.
The President indicated that the planting for and jobs initiative has been successful.
Akufo-Addo noted that the government’s interventions in the agriculture sector have led to an increase in the production of grains such as maize and rice.
According to him, maize production reached 3.4 million tonnes by 2021 and rice to 1.2 million metric tonnes under the PFJ initiative.
He said the achievement is far superior compared to production recorded prior to his administration.
He added the initiative has helped Ghana attain food security.
The country was better prepared to respond to adversities that threaten to destabilise food systems, he said.
“Agriculture will continue to remain a top priority of my government. The massive investments made in the sector attest to this fact. The positive narrative about the government’s support to the agriculture sector is that, unlike several other countries, Ghana is better prepared, and has demonstrated resilience to the current adversities threatening to destabilise our food systems. This has been possible because of the sound, pragmatic policies and programmes rolled out at the inception of my stewardship.
“Our flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), with its focus on improving farm productivity, through the use of technology on farms, has succeeded in increasing our food security, and opened up new opportunities for diversifying our agricultural exports by promoting six (6) tree crops for future substantial foreign exchange earnings.”