ASUOGYAMAN: Govt to provide favorable investment environment to farmers - DCE
The Akufo-Addo led government has rolled out various intervention programmes and policies that will continue to provide a favorable investment environment and support to farmers who persistently work to provide food for the nation.
Date Created : 2/23/2018 4:45:14 AM : Story Author : Emmanuel Frimpong/Ghanadistricts.com
The policies and interventions encompass the full agricultural food chain and the creation of additional businesses and job opportunities in areas of storage, transport, processing, packaging and marketing of Agricultural produce, all of which will ensure that farmers and fisher folks earn higher incomes.
One of such programmes, is the popular ‘Planting for food and jobs’ flagship programme by the government which is aimed at tackling the country’s twin problem of migration of youth to cities in search of non-existing jobs as well as ending the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuffs from neighboring countries.
Planting for Food and Jobs is anchored on five pillars and they are:
• the provision of improved seeds
• the supply of fertilizers
• the provision of dedicated extension officers
• a marketing strategy and
• the Use of e-agriculture
Delivering his Keynote address at the 33rd National Farmers Day Celebrations held at Pesse, District Chief Executive (DCE) of Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region, Samuel Kwame Agyekum, assured farmers that the government is set to expand feeder roads and farm track networks in the area to help mitigate post harvest losses.
He said, the development will also ensure that foodstuffs are made readily available to consumers.
He disclosed that, the Assembly, under the planting for food and jobs took delivery of 3,000 bags of NPK fertilizer, 1500 bags of Urea, 200 sachets each of tomato, union and pepper seedlings, and 163 bags of maize adding that the farm inputs has been distributed at subsidized rate to farmers in the district.
He concluded by making a passionate appeal to farmers who were yet to benefit from the programme to contact the Agriculture Department for enquiries in order to enroll unto the programme.