The Head of Geography Department at the University of Ghana says the government must not just increase the number of farmers for the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme without addressing the problems it. Professor Joseph Yaro said although the agricultural flagship programme is a good move for the government can meet the farmers halfway, move needs to be done.
“Last year, even with the 200,000 farmers engaged not all the farmers opted for the programme, which might be because of poor education,” he said. He is hopeful that this year, the Agric Ministry will be travelling across the country to educate the farmers so they know about the programme and take advantage of it.
According to him, there should be a plan to delink the seedling and fertilizer issue. Prof. Yaro was speaking in response to President Akufo-Addo's statement at London Business School’s Africa Summit in Oxford that government seeks to attract 500,000 farmers for the PFJ programme this year. Currently, the programme engages 200,000 farmers.
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