Akufo-Addo launches 'Planting for Food and Jobs'
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has officially launched government's flagship ‘Planting for Food and Jobs' campaign at Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Brong Ahafo region.
According to the President all the necessary measures have been put in place to ensure the success of the programme.
"For instance, a total of 390 metric tonnes of certified legumes seeds including cowpea, soyabean and groundnut will be produced and distributed to farmers. Additionally, 2,250 metric tonnes of maize seed and 600 metric tonnes of rice will be distributed," he indicated.
President said 'Planting for Food and Jobs ' is expected to increase the production of maize by 30 percent; rice by 49 percent and sorghum by 28 percent from current production levels.
He mentioned the reduction of fertilizer prices by 50 percent as an incentive to boost the use of quality fertilizer to stimulate productivity.
The programme which is going to be piloted in the Brong-Ahafo Region when rolled out is to have some 200,000 farmers to benefit.
Government in its 2017 budget earmarked GH?560 million for the initiative which is expected to create over 70,000 jobs.
The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, also hinted that the programme will cover 2.5 million farmers nationwide after the pilot process.