Born Out of Passion, Politics and Perseverance
The concept of the agricultural flagship programme - Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) - reveals a policy that has been introduced by the Government of Ghana to address the declining growth of the country’s agricultural sector.
This programme which is spearheaded by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto was launched on April 19, 2017 at Goaso in the Ahafo Region. He aims at carrying the PFJ Campaign out with passion, precision and success into the future
Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) is a friendly package to encourage Ghanaians to take farming more seriously than in the recent past. It aims to make farming once more, a respectable and profitable venture and create jobs. It responds to an essential message of the President, issued in his inaugural address to Ghanaians of all walks of life to be mobilized to take part in Ghana’s development agenda. “There should be no room for spectators”, the President implored Ghanaians.
It is a campaign with 5 Implementation Modules which the Minister constantly illustrates with the imagery of a woman pregnant with five children. The first Module promotes Food Security Crops, namely: maize, rice, sorghum and soybean and vegetable crops (onion, tomato, pepper, etc.). This has since been expanded to include groundnut, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, cassava, cowpea, plantain and Orange Flesh Sweet Potato,
The other four Modules are:
•Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD)
•Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ)
•Agricultural Mechanisation Service Centres (AMSECs)
The Ministry, through the leadership of the Minister is working closely with all MMDCEs to own the flagship programme and ensure it receives the necessary attention to speed up the economic development of the country. The Ministry seeks to;
•Maximize the usage of improved seeds and fertilizers by farmers
•Resource Extension officers to reach out to farmers
•Organize field crop demonstrations to showcase newly improved crop varieties for farmers’adoptability
•Provide marketing infrastructure for farm produce
•Provide incentive packages to attract the youth into farming