The Ghana Farmers Association (PFAG) and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) hosted a one-day training workshop on Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) implementation guidelines ) 2021 for farmers.
The workshop, with support from the International Budget Partnership, also mobilized some heads of regional and district departments of agriculture and input traders.
PFAG program manager Mr Bismark Nortey said the training aimed to improve the visibility of the PFJ campaign with the aim of increasing farmers’ interest and participation in order to improve future agricultural support programs. .
The workshop would be held in the regions of Bolgatanga, Upper West, Northern, Bono East, Volta, Western and Greater Accra.
Mr. Abraham Appiah, the regional crop officer, said all fertilizers should bear the PFJ logo to prevent smuggling and other bad practices and added that the government has subsidized seedlings under the program. for farmers.
Organic or inorganic fertilizer was also available, measured from 25 kg and above depending on the farmer’s preference.
Regional Director of Agriculture, Mr. Patrick Akowua, said bulk purchasing of fertilizer was allowed as long as details of all members were provided.
Farmers, however, complained about the lack of silos to store surplus production, the pricing of commodities, which continued to make farmers poor, problems acquiring land, financing the agriculture and modern tools to make the sector attractive to the younger generation.