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Planting for Food and Jobs increased food security, says Ofori-Atta

The government introduced the PFJ Market under a plan to influence prices on the open market by transporting foodstuffs from the farmgate and farming communities to Accra

The Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme has contributed significantly to food security in Ghana, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said in his 2023 Mid-Year Budget Review in Parliament.

The government introduced the PFJ Market under a larger plan to influence prices on the open market by transporting foodstuffs from the farmgate and farming communities to the capital city, Accra, to sell at reduced prices.

Presenting the Budget Review on Monday (31 July 2023), Ofori-Atta said the government has created a significant number of jobs through the programme.

“Planting for Food and Jobs has brought substantial improvements in Ghana’s agriculture sector,” he said. “This has resulted in increased food security, employment along agricultural value chains, and accessibility of raw materials for developing industries.

“The programme has directly contributed to increased crop yields for major food staples such as maize, rice, and soya by 135%, 67% and 18% respectively within the period.

“After a comprehensive review, the government is finalising PFJ phase II to ensure a more efficient and targeted support for the agricultural sector. The key elements of phase II are inputs credit system, storage and distribution infrastructure, commodity trading and digitised platform.”

Listen to Ken Ofori-Atta in the audio clip attached below:

 

Watch Ofori Atta’s full presentation in the video clip attached below:

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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