Ghana: Applications of smart solutions to agriculture key to achieving food sufficiency, says Bawumia
Innovation & Technology
Published Dec 5, 2023
The government of Ghana's interventions in the agriculture sector have led to significant growth and success, particularly through the Planting for Food and Jobs program. Yields for staples like maize and rice have increased, and the program has enhanced food security, job opportunities, and supported emerging industries. The government has now launched Planting for Food and Jobs 2.0 with the aim of further expanding these successes and achieving ambitious targets for self-sufficiency in rice and poultry production.
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The government’s interventions and programmes initiated in the agriculture sector since 2017 continue to yield significantly positive results. Speaking at the 39th National Farmers’ Day held at Tarkwa in the Western Region last Friday, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said Ghana’s experience on the agriculture front in the past six years demonstrates the government's commitment to transforming the sector for accelerated development, with demonstrable results. “These efforts have yielded notable success through the flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), initiated in 2017. For example, from a baseline growth of 2.9% in 2016, the agricultural sector recorded an average growth rate of 6% from 2017 to 2022. This significant increase in growth rate enhanced food security, increased job opportunities across the agricultural value chain and supported emerging industries with raw materials, among others. “The programme resulted in significant increases in productivity of ...