President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that his administration intends to create one million additional jobs in Ghana’s agricultural sector to boost food production.
He said the ‘planting for food and jobs’ programme, which was initially projected to employ 500,000 farmers in its first year of implementation, 750,000 farmers in the second year and a million by the year 2020, has been over-subscribed.
The government has given 50 per cent subsidies on fertilisers to all farmers as part of measures to boost the agriculture sector.
Addressing the Ghanaian community in Toronto, Canada, at a Town Hall meeting held at the Ghanaian Presbyterian Church, the president outlined measures that he had put in place to ensure the growth of Ghana’s economy since assuming office in 2017.
According to Akufo-Addo, for the first time, the country is having abundant harvest of basic foodstuffs like maize.
“Instead, the prices have gone down. Last year, for the first time for many years we actually exported foodstuffs to Cote d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso instead of importing it,” he said.
He seized the opportunity to announce the ‘rearing for food and jobs’ programme, which is expected to be launched on June 24, 2019 in Wa, the Upper West Region.
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