Yussif Ibrahim, GNA
Adubia (Ash), June 12, GNA – The Amansie
South District Assembly has jointly launched the Planting for Food and Jobs
(PFJ) and Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD), with a call on
farmers in the District to embrace the programmes to improve their lives.
The PFJ which is one of government’s
flagship programmes aimed at increasing food production and the incomes of
farmers, was launched in 2017 at a time that the Amansie South had not been
carved out of the Amansie West District.
The Assembly officially launched the
programme together with the PERD as part of efforts to create awareness for
more farmers to get involved and benefit from the programme in the District.
Over 250 farmers who attended the ceremony
received wellington boots and cutlasses, as incentives to patronize the
The occasion was also used to hand over
motorbikes to the Department of Agriculture, to boost extension services to
farmers under the Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) project, being
implemented jointly by the Governments of Ghana and Canadian.
Some cocoa spraying machines procured by the
Assembly to augment the spraying exercise in the District, were also handed
over to the various gangs.
Mr. William Asante Bediako, the District
Chief Executive (DCE), said the launch formed part of the Assembly’s
comprehensive strategies to improve agriculture in the District.
He said the citizens were predominantly
farmers and the Assembly was committed to investing in the sector not only to
contribute to national food production but also boost the local economy.
The DCE said the introduction of PFJ and
PERD by government was a deliberate effort to empower farmers to adopt modern
farming methods to improve yields, efficiency, returns on their investments,
with a resultant increase in food security.
“It is therefore imperative for farmers to
take advantage of the programmes for the mutual benefits of the individual
farmer and the state,” the DCE added.
Mr Bediako announced that the Assembly
through the department of agriculture would soon distribute 13,000 oil palm
seedlings to farmers under the PERD programme.
He entreated interested farmers to register
with the department, adding that, in excess of 20,000 additional seedlings
would subsequently be produced by the close of the year in order to reach out
to more farmers.
Mr. John Swanzy, the District Director of
Agriculture encouraged farmers in the District to embrace the initiatives to
inject some modernization into their farming activities.
He said his outfit was always ready to
provide technical and extension services to the farmers, disclosing that,
government had further reduced the already subsidized inputs under the PFJ,
making them more affordable.
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