Morkporkpor Anku, GNA
Accra, Sept. 15, GNA - Dr John Jatoe, a Consultant has called on government to introduce specific policies and actions in the Planting for Food and Jobs (PEJ) Programme that facilitates and promotes intraregional African trade in agriculture commodities and services.
He said with the marketing as one of the focus areas of the programme, government needed to plan in tackling the increase exports to the sub-region, the rest of Africa and the globe.
Dr Jatoe gave the recommendations during a policy dialogue session, to review the implementation of the Programme.
The report presented was commissioned by the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) to assess the proposed actions and outcomes in the programme implementation strategy against the goals and objectives of the Malabo declaration and the CADDP Principles.
It was also to contribute to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of the programme implementation.
The dialogue was part of an ongoing efforts and responsibility of PFAG as key beneficiary of the programme to provide evidence and recommendations for government’s consideration for better implementation.
He said one of the main findings of the desk review research indicated that the programme does not cover the livestock, poultry and fisheries sub-sector.
Dr Jatoe, who is also a Lecturer at the Department of Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana said the e-agriculture platform being talked about in the strategy was yet to be rolled out and its performance was of particular interest to farmers.
He said the yield projections for the four-year PFJ may be too high or unrealistic, however, the cost estimation presented do not allow comparison with the annual public expenditures over the period.
He said “consultations needs to be better developed and operationalised to create mutual accountability.”
The Lecturer said government needed to lay emphasis on the implementation on strengthening extension, marketing and civil society involvement for mutual accountability.