Ghana: Planting for Food and Jobs – Mofa Targets 1.5m Farmers … Across 260 Districts Nationwide

This year’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme is targeting 1.5 million farmers across 260 districts in all 16 regions, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has disclosed.

The figure is 300,000 extra when compared to the 1.2 million beneficiaries targeted for last year, according to Seth Osei-Akoto, the MoFA Director of Crops Services.

He made this known yesterday during a presentation on the 2021 PFJ campaign (fertilizer and seeds) implementation guidelines at a sensitisation workshop in Accra.

The workshop served as a platform for the Ministry and stakeholders including the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) and International Budget Partnership (IBP) to engage on the PFJ programme for the year.

Mr Osei-Akoto said the focus crops for this year included maize, rice, sorghum, soybeans, groundnut, cowpea, tomato, ion pepper, cabbage, lettuce, carrot, cucumber and cassava.

To curb the smuggling of subsidised fertilisers to neighbouring countries this year, he said, movement of the input had been restricted in 21 municipalities and districts in five regions where the practice was rampant.

The affected areas are six districts in the Upper East including Bawku Municipal, Garu and Pusiga; six in the Upper West, including Sisala East and West and Lawra; Saboba and Tatale in Northern; Chereponi and Bunkrugu-Nakpanduri in the North East, while Ketu North and South are part of the five affected areas in Volta.