Ghanaians split on whether gov’t can consolidate gains in PFJ – CDD report

Agric Minister

The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) has said in its post-election report that education, infrastructure, healthcare and agriculture are the four priority areas that Ghanaians recommend for additional investment, in case government wants to increase public spending.

In the area of agriculture, the report said Ghanaians are also nearly equally split in their confidence in government to consolidate the gains made in the planting/rearing for food & job programs in the next 4 years.

Planting for Food and Jobs is a flagship agricultural Campaign of the Government, with five (5) implementation modules.

The first module PFJ (Crops) aims to promote food security and immediate availability of selected food crops on the market and also provide jobs. This module was officially launched by H. E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo at Goaso on April 19, 2017 in the then Brong Ahafo Region.

The five Modules are:

•Food Crops (PFJ)

•Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD)

•Greenhouse Technology Villages (3 Villages)

•Rearing for Food and Jobs ( RFJ)

•Agricultural Mechanization Services (AMSECs)

In Ghana, the food crops subsector is dominated by smallholder farmers whose cropping practices are characterized by:

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I.inadequate use of productivity – enhancing technologies,

II.low use of quality seeds and fertilizers

III.weak market linkages.

These collectively hinder growths in farm productivity. In response, the Government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) initiated the first flagship module– Planting for Food and Jobs(PFJ) campaign in 2017.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana