Standard of living improved in the north due to planting for food and jobs - Agric minister

Standard of living improved in the north due to planting for food and jobs - Agric minister

The Minister of Agriculture, Owusu Afriyie-Akoto, has said the Planting for Food and Jobs programme has been so successful that, there is a difference in living standards in the northern part of the country.

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According to him, the rural communities along the route from Kumasi to Wa in the Upper West region are a perfect embodiment of the change in the northern part of Ghana.

Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express, the minister said the communities, “are shining with metal roofs where there used to be thatch roofs and the mud houses in those areas were also being replaced with building from cement blocks."

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Dr. Afriyie–Akoto added that residents are riding motorbikes all over as well, and it is all coming from the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

The minister says this is not all. The government, he says plans to "transform the Savannah region” with cashew crop under the Planting for Food and Jobs."

The crop, he says, is the new cocoa for the region, alluding to its lucrative nature.

Meanwhile, the minister says 900,000 jobs have been created since 2017 from the flagship policy.

He added that the government anticipates more success in the programme, more hands would be needed, which means more jobs.

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In other news, a recent photo has surfaced online of Ghana’s highest serving convict, Raymond Ayittey, who became famed as Atta Ayi owing to being one of the country’s most wanted criminals.

According to Pulse Ghana, on February 28, 2005, Atta Ayi was arrested following a tip-off by his niece for a different crime he had committed.

And in 2005, Atta Ayi was sentenced to 160 years in prison with hard labour on the charges of robbery and conspiracy to rob by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Baffoe-Bonnie.

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