Ghana: 1,352 Farmers Register Under PFJ Policy in Pru West

Prang — About 1,352 farmers comprising 992 males and 360 females have been registered under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) policy, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Pru West, David Manu, has disclosed.

In order to reduce the financial burden of farmers, Mr Manu noted that the government under the PFJ, has provided farmers in the area with various inputs, variety of agricultural seeds, species of fishes and fertilisers to improve yield and quality of produce.

The DCE in an interview with the Ghanaian Times yesterday at Prang in the Bono East Region acknowledged the role of farmers in the enclave for consistently ensuring food security in the region and beyond.

“It is the vision of the New Patriotic Party to seek sustainable solutions to end hunger in all forms by 2030, achieve food security, improve nutrition and to ensure jobs creation for a consolidated food systems in Ghana,” he added.

Mr Manu disclosed that the Pru West is among the three districts in the region earmarked to benefit from agricultural machinery package namely combined harvesters, tractors and power tillers among others to boost rice production.

He told the Ghanaian Times that a team of consultants from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has carried out a survey of rice valleys in the Pru West District.

The DCE further said the rice cultivation which would take off in February next year, will assemble Japanese and Brazilian professionals for the introduction of innovative ideas and mechanisation of agriculture in the area.