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General News of Wednesday, 17 July 2019


Mahama govt funded NPP’s 'Planting for Food and Jobs' programme - Sammy Gyamfi

National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi play videoNational Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi

National Communications Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi has disclosed the NDC under the erstwhile administration of former President John Mahama secured funds for the NPP’s flagship planting for food and jobs programme.

According to him, the said amount was provided by the Canadian government to help improve the agriculture sector of the economy.

Speaking on Okay FM’s 'Ade Akye Abia' programme, he added that it is however wrong for the NPP to claim ownership of the programme, adding that the NPP government is reaping what they did not sow.

"The NPP government should learn to give credit where it is due because governance is a continuous process."

He said the NDC will continue to expose the NPP government and make Ghanaians understand the NDC government is their best bet to govern this country.

Planting for Food and Jobs’ is a flagship policy of the NPP, which is aimed at producing enough food to feed the nation, export the surpluses, reduce excessive food import bill and generate employment for Ghanaians.

The focus of the programme is to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in agriculture and allied sectors. The policy rallies the civic responsibility of all citizens to plant a seed of any kind during the farming season to green Ghana.

It is encouraging Ghanaians to grow grain crops and vegetables in open spaces including backyard gardens in urban areas. In that regard, private and public institutions are encouraged to set up their own farms. Institutions like breweries, food processors, schools, colleges and prisons are all encouraged to establish their own farms.

Like the previous policies, the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ is focusing on five key crops; maize, rice, soybean, sorghum and vegetables and about 200,000 selected target groups are expected to benefit this year in all 216 districts of the country to be increased steadily to about 5 million by 2020.