Agriculture is the main stay of Ghana’s ecomomy. It is estimated that a little over 60% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) is derived from agriculture hence the need to prioritise the sector by government.
The Municipal Chief Executive of Abuakwa North Municipality in the Eastern Region of Ghana, Honorable Owusu Twum-Ampofo, has toured three(3) communities in the municipality where agriculture is predominant .
He provided the farmers with technical support from the Department of Agriculture and Financial support from the Adonteng Community Bank Ltd.
The beneficiary communities include Nobi, Anweabeng and Abremposu.
Hon Twum-Ampofo said, it is his prime duty to make sure the government’s policies are decentralized to reach all and sundry in the municipality.
He indicated that, the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative is the flagship policy by government to better the lives of farmers and bring sufficient and wholesome food to feed the citizenery and boost exports for the economic development of Ghana.
He further stated that, it requires financial and technical support for famers for the realisation of the set objectives hence his visit with the staff of The Department of Agriculture and Adonten Community Bank all in the Municipality to help them .
Mr Charles Bleui, Municipal Agric Director, in his address, introduced the farmers to the concept of planting/rearing for food and jobs and assured the famers that extension officers are ready to assist them adopt modern methods of crop cultivation to boost their yields.
The team from Adonten Community Bank Ltd led by Mr Gilbert Grant, Chief Operations Manager, confirmed their readiness to give financial assistance in the form of loans to the farmers with an interest rate of three percent (3%). He added that the bank is working with the Municipal Assembly to better the life of famers and improve crop yields.
He, therefore, urged the farmers to form groups in order to access the loan facility.
Hon Sarpong Bruce, the Assembly Member for Anweabeng/Abremposu electoral area, lauded government and the Municipal Chief Executive for such initiative and pleaded with the assembly to resurface their deteriorated road so that the crops they cultivate could be transported to the market.
The Planting for Food and Jobs Campaign is a policy that has been introduced by the NPP Government to help address the declining growth of Ghana’s agricultural sector.
It is a clarion call on every single Ghanaian to take farming as a full time or part time activity.
It is a five year long policy which is geared towards increasing food productivity and ensure food security for the country as well as reduce food import bills to the barest minimum.
It is also an avenue to modernize agriculture and make it a source of employment for the teeming youths.