President Nana Akufo-Addo has outlined government’s policies for an effective agricultural sector in the bid to relieve farmers of their struggles.
To him, “government is on a serious mission to revolutionise Ghana’s agriculture” and interventions have been made under the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ (PFJ) policy.
“Interventions under PFJ have been designed to enhance yields of farmers through access to subsidised improved seeds and fertiliser, reduce post-harvest loses, increase extensive services to farmers and development of livestock services,” he assured.
Additionally, he expressed his readiness to act properly and assist farmers in providing warehouses to increase stock capacity and address post harvest loss while providing access to market.
Speaking at the 35th National Farmers’ Day celebration themed ‘Enhancing Small-Scale Agriculture towards Agribusiness Development’, the President explained under-performance of the agric sector is costing the country’s economy, hence government’s intervention.
“There will be improvement in mechanisation services as well as irrigation services for farmers and provision of quality subsidised fertiliser,” he said.
According to President Akufo-Addo, sod has been cut to begin construction of Pwalugu multipurpose dam and dug out to ensure all-year-round production and improve irrigation system for crop yield.