The Nadowli –Kaleo District Director, Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr Cephas D. Emmong, has called on Ghanaians and farmers in the district to put aside their political affiliations and embrace initiatives from government to boost the agricultural sector.
Mr Cephas in an interview with Progress News in Nadowli said the programme is doing well in the district. He also expressed hope that the programme will improve food insecurity and income levels of farmers.
“Planting for Food and Jobs” programme was launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on April 19, 2017 at Goaso, in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The programme is the basis of the answer to the twin-problem of the migration of youth to city centres in search of non-existent jobs, as well as an end to the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuffs from neighboring countries.
Planting for Food and Jobs, the President explained, will be anchored on the pillars that will transform Ghanaian agriculture: the provision of improved seeds, the supply of fertilizers, the provision of dedicated extension services, a marketing strategy and the use of e-Agriculture.
“The Planting for Food and Jobs programme was expected to increase the production of maize by 30 per cent; rice by 49 per cent; soybean by 25 per cent; and sorghum by 28 per cent from current production levels.
Mr. Cephas D. Emmong however entreated beneficiary farmers under the Planting for Food and Job Programme in the district to pay back their debts on time.