Ofori-Atta asserts “Planting for Food and Jobs” ensures no Ghanaian faces hunger
The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has praised the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative for its remarkable achievements.
The Planting for Food and Jobs is a flagship agricultural campaign with five implementation modules, aiming to combat hunger and unemployment among Ghanaians.
During the presentation of the 2023 mid-year budget in Parliament on Monday, July 31, the Finance Minister highlighted the substantial improvements brought about by the initiative in Ghana’s agriculture sector.
He stated, “This has resulted in increased food security, employment opportunities across agricultural value chains, and enhanced accessibility of raw materials for developing industries.”
The Finance Minister also pointed out the significant impact of the program on crop yields, with major food staples such as maize, rice, and soya experiencing increases of 135 percent, 67 percent, and 18 percent, respectively, within the designated period.
Moreover, he revealed that the government is in the final stages of implementing Phase II of the Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative. This new phase aims to provide more efficient and targeted support to the agricultural sector.
“The key elements of Phase II include the Inputs Credit System, Storage and Distribution Infrastructure, Commodity Trading, and Digitised Platform,” he added, further highlighting the commitment of the government to strengthening and expanding the successful agricultural campaign.