The Ghana Trade & Livelihood Coalition (GTLC) has called on government to review the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme to make it more responsive to the needs of farmers. GTLC Policy Officer for Upper West, Emmanuel Wullingdool, said in a statement: “PFJ in its current form is a top down policy, and deviates from the real needs and challenges confronting farmers.”
The statement applauded farmers for contributing significantly to the growth of the economy as the country’s food growers celebrated the 2018 National Farmers Day countrywide. It also commended Government and its partners for recognising the work of local farmers whose activities the Coalition described as valuable to Ghana’s economic growth and sustainability.
Over the years, Agriculture has been the backbone of the economy, contributing over 20 per cent to Ghana’s GDP and employing over 40 per cent of the labour force. The sector also supports other parts of the national economy including the industry and services sector and contributes greatly to the foreign exchange earnings of Ghana.
Mr Wullingdool told businessghana.com he thought the government did an excellent job, showing its renewed interest in agriculture in the Planting for food and Jobs, One Village One Dam, One District One Warehouse, One District One Factory and provision of mechanised centres among other policy initiatives.