Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has said that under the Government’sflagship Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme, 1.9 million Ghanaian farmers have had an excess of GHS 1.8 billion“in their pockets.”
He explained that the amount was accumulated as a result of subsidised fertiliser and other inputs provided by the government since it assumed office.
Speaking in Parliament during the mid-year budget review on Thursday 23 July 2020, Mr Ofori-Atta said:“Mr. Speaker, the Government’s Planting for Food and Jobs initiative has saved 1.9 million Ghanaian farmers in excess of GHS 1.8 billion over the last three and half years through subsidised fertiliser and other inputs. This is money in their pockets.”
He noted that the agricultural sector has witnessed a revamp in food security, thereby increasing “exports of food items to neighbouring countries from 85,000 metric tonnes (MT) to 133,145 MT between 2017 and 2019.”
The PFJ initiative, launched by Nana Akufo-Addo in 2017 is aimed at promoting food security and immediate availability of selected food crops on the market while providing jobs.
To cushion the PFJ programme, Parliament passed the Tree Crop Development Bill last year, to properly regulate the development of tree crops.