By Regina Benneh, GNA
Sunyani, April 12, GNA - The implementation of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) Programme has achieved 100 per cent success in the Sunyani Municipality.
Mr. Ofosu Denkyiraa, the Sunyani Municipal Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), said when he spoke in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) Project last Monday in Sunyani.
He stated that the programme had progressed significantly as it had brought about 35 per cent increase of new registered farmers, particularly in the area of vegetable production this year (2019)
Mr. Denkyiraa said more farmers were being encouraged and therefore rushing for improved seeds and fertilizers, adding that they would be provided with extension and marketing services for their products too.
He said the success stories of the farmers were due to the planting of improved seeds and the effective application of the agronomic practices offered to them by the MoFA’s field workers geared towards the increase of yield under the MAG Project.
Mr. Denkyiraa said the agronomic practices had raised the standard of farmers in managing their farms, saying it aimed at providing food sufficiency and security for Ghanaians to curb poverty.
He said the Agriculture Extension Agents (AEAs) had also been provided with motor bikes and other necessary logistics to help in their supervision of farmers.
Mr. Denkyiraa urged the general public to embrace the new programme to boost their farming activities to benefit themselves, communities and the nation in general.
He mentioned that farmers operating under the programme were working on lands ranging from two to 40 acres.
Mr. Denkyiraa indicated that the challenge of the fall army worms’ invasion recorded on some farmlands in 2018 was dealt with and therefore could not affect maize production.
He entreated the general public, especially the unemployed youth to take agriculture as full-time business, saying that it would not only contribute greatly as an antidote to the unemployment situation in the country but enough food would also be produced to feed the nation and for export.
Mr. Denkyiraa encouraged the public and school communities to start vegetable gardens to get enough vegetables to supplement their diets to stay healthy.