Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta has disclosed that over 3,000 youth have been employed under government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme which was launched in January 2017.
Presenting the 2018 Budget Statement in Parliament on wednesday, the Minister indicated that 2,160 university graduates and 1,070 youth were employed to register and provide extension services to farmers across the country, under the programme.
The minister also noted the programme had also registered suppliers to distribute farm produce to public institutions “including the School Feeding Programme, the Free Senior High School Programme, Prisons, Defence and Police, among others to ensure availability of quality food in a timely manner in these institutions.
Touching on the successes of the Planting For Food And Jobs, the Minister noted that, “121, 000 Metric Tonnes of subsidized fertilizers and 4, 454.98 Metric Tonnes of subsidized seeds of cereal, legumes and vegetables have been distributed to beneficiary farmers” across the country.
He also enumerated the “major milestones achieved nationwide” under the programme.
- The Distribution of about 80,000 bags of cereal and legume seeds, 36,000 sachets of vegetable seeds and about 2,000,000 bags of fertilizer
- Recruitment of 822 agricultural extension personnel
- Establishment of a task-force to assess status of warehouses and storage facilities nationwide for rehabilitation
- Creation of market opportunities for farmers by linking them with institutional buyers such as School Feeding Programme and Prisons Service.
- Electronic registration of over 34, 000 farmers out of more than 200,000 manually registered
The Planting for Food and Jobs programme is one of the government’s flagship programs aimed at improving agricultural production in the country.
The government said the program will create some 750,000 jobs and would motivate farmers to grow staple foods such as maize, millet, and beans.