Dennis Peprah, GNA
Techiman, Sept. 12, GNA – More than 500 youth in the Techiman Municipality have registered under the government’s “Planting for Food and Jobs” programme, Mr John Kofi Donyinah, the Municipal Chief Executive, has said.
He repeated the call for the unemployed youth especially in the country to develop the interest and enroll themselves on the programme to better their lot.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Techiman, Mr Donyinah said the government's "Planting for Food and Jobs" programme is a realistic poverty intervention policy that focuses on creating more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth.
The programme also aims at enhancing national food security, he said.
Mr Donyinah expressed worry about the seemingly low number of youth registering under the programme, considering the high unemployment rate in the country.
He said it was untrue that agriculture was a preserve for the poor, saying farming is a useful and lucrative business enterprise that could easily alleviate the plight and transform the fortune of an individual.
Mr Donyinah stressed the Municipal Assembly's determination to provide long-term support to beneficiaries of the programme to boost their economic activities.
He said farmlands in the Municipality was fertile and very good for all kinds of crops and urged the youth in the area to take advantage of the situation and engage in commercial farming ventures.
Mr Donyinah said the government has made available enough seedlings, agro-chemicals and other farm inputs to make the programme sustainable.
He reminded the beneficiaries of the programme of the availability of ready market for their crops, saying their food produce would be bought at farm gates.
Beside this, he said, government has engaged several Agric Extension Agents who would reach out to farmers and give them technical advice on good farming practices.