Government releases GHC2m for President Akufo-Addo's 'Farmers’ Scholarship Scheme'

Government releases GHC2m for President Akufo-Addo's 'Farmers’ Scholarship Scheme'

- Government has released fund to cater for one of it's promises

- GHc2 million has been released to the scholarship secretariat to implement the first phase of the Presidential Farmers Scholarship scheme

- It will cover 120 people, made up of the 24 award winners of the 2018 National Best Farmer Awards, two of their children and two of their workers

The Ministry of Finance has released GHc2 million to the scholarship secretariat to implement the first phase of the Presidential Farmers Scholarship scheme this year, September 2019.

The funds released is supposed to cover 120 people, made up of the 24 award winners of the 2018 National Best Farmer Awards, two of their children and two of their workers.

At the 34th National Farmers Day held at the Aliu Mahama sports stadium in Tamale on Friday, December 8, 2018, President Akufo-Addo , said the government had added to the national awards package for farmers and fishers folk 24 scholarships for their children and workers.

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“The scholarships are for local tertiary programmes, ranging from first degree to PhD, in any agricultural subject of their choice. This gesture is a further testimony of the government’s commitment to make agriculture attractive to all, especially the youth” the President said.

Last Friday, May 17, 2019, a need assessment review workshop was organized in Kumasi for the 24 award winning farmers and fishermen, to help the farmers improve on their farming practices to eventually improve on their production.

Speaking at the workshop, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, Kingsley Agyemang, said the scheme, which was a new twist to the National Farmers Day Celebration, which would not be purely academic but dependent on the needs of farmers.

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He explained that aside the farmers themselves who might need capacity building in special areas, there was the opportunity for the beneficiaries to select either their dependents or workers to benefit from the scholarship, based on the needs of the business and who was available.

Agyemang said even though the scholarship was to cover the 24 national award winners, the number , in the future, could go up to cover regional award winners.

He said the overall objective of the scheme was to equip farmers with the needed skills to help them expand their farming businesses and run them like other businesses and thereby improve on their incomes and produce to feed the nation.

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