Tamale, Nov. 9, GNA – Some farmers have complained of difficulty in accessing coupons to enable them to access subsidized fertilizers under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme, a situation, which has compelled them to buy fertilizers on the open market.
The situation was worse for women as fewer women benefited from the programme compared to their male counterparts.
These formed part of the findings of a field level data collected few weeks ago by the Ghana Trade and Livelihood Coalition (GTLC) on the gender responsiveness of government’s agriculture interventions such as PFJ, one-village one-dam and one-district one-factory.
About 700 farmers in various assemblies including Savelugu, Kumbungu, and Wa were reached for the data collection on the government’s agricultural interventions.
Some of the farmers cited political interference and farther areas to reach amongst others as reasons for their inability to access coupons to receive fertilizers under the PFJ.
The findings were presented at a regional policy dialogue in Tamale organized by GTLC to share the data with stakeholders as well as seek their inputs for presentation to government.
Madam Memunatu Alhassan, a rice processor in Tamale, who was a participant at the policy dialogue, suggested that women be encouraged to form groups to enhance their access to inputs under the PFJ.
Mr Zakaria Issah Nabila, a rice and maize farmer at Jana in the Savelugu Municipality, who was also a participant, suggested that coupons for accessing fertilizers under the PFJ should be channelled through farmer-based organizations to ensure that real farmers benefited from the programme.
Mr Emmanuel Wullingdool, Policy Analyst at GTLC, said the research findings would be submitted to government to ensure that they are captured in the national budget to address the needs of the people.
Mr Wullingdool said GTLC would also engage Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on the findings of the research to ensure that MMDAs tailored their projects towards addressing the peculiar needs of their people.