Planting-for-Food-and-Jobs policy pushed motivated me into farming
Former Central Region Chairman of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC), Bernard Allotey Jacobs,
has lauded the Akufo-Addo government for its Planting
for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme.
According to him, as someone in the hospitality business,
the programme motivated him to become a full farmer.
“Government policies of 1DIF, planting for food and jobs
are very important. They have created more jobs and we
need to take them seriously. I am not a farmer,
though I used to be in poultry. I am now into farming
because the program motivated me and there is money in farming.
“I have employed a lot of people and I can boldly say that
I have almost about 15 workers there,” he said.
Planting-for-Food-and-Jobs policy motivated me into farming – Planting for Food & Jobs
Planting for Food and Jobs is a flagship agricultural
Campaign of the Government, with five (5) implementation modules.
The first module PFJ (Crops) aims to promote food security
and immediate availability of selected food crops on the
market and also provide jobs. This module was officially
launched by H. E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo
at Goaso on April 19, 2017 in the then Brong Ahafo Region.
The five Modules are:
•Food Crops (PFJ)
•Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD)
•Greenhouse Technology Villages (3 Villages)
•Rearing for Food and Jobs ( RFJ)
•Agricultural Mechanization Services (AMSECs)
In Ghana, the food crops subsector is dominated by
smallholder farmers whose cropping practices are characterized by:
- Inadequate use of productivity – enhancing technologies,
- low use of quality seeds and fertilizers
- weak market linkages.
These collectively hinder growths in farm productivity.
In response, the Government through the Ministry of
Food and Agriculture (MOFA) initiated the first flagship
module– Planting for Food and Jobs(PFJ) campaign in 2017.