Implement measures to sustain PFJ – Farmers to govt

Peasant farmers in the country have lauded government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme and called for effective measures that will sustain the policy.

General Secretary for the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAGO), Ben Kanaty, is urging government through the Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that the programme is expanded to cover more than the current number of farmers involved.

According him, although farmers in the Ashaiman Municipality had a late start under the programme, they have benefited from the policy as he is personally targeting a 30 per cent profit after the cropping season.

“It is very good and we are appreciating it. If it can continue like that we shall be grateful to the government. We don’t know if there will be a time when they will put a stop to it so we are calling on government to carry on because it is helping us a lot,” .

Meanwhile, Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Akoto Afriyie has said 745,000 jobs have been created under the PFJ programme in 2017.

“I am happy to report that by our conservative estimates a total of 745,000 jobs were created mainly in the rural economy during the period under review,” Dr Afriyie stated at a press conference on Friday, February 2.

Besides jobs for individuals who are directly involved in farming, other areas where jobs were created along the commodity value chain include: input distribution and application, post-harvest handling of produce, primary processing and transportation, handling and warehousing and marketing.

The Planting for Food and Jobs programme was rolled out in all 216 districts across the country and involves the supply of farm resources such seedlings to participating farmers.

News Reporter

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