Planting for Food and Jobs Programme Undergoes Review for Second Phase with Private Sector Integration
The Planting for Food and Jobs Programme (PFJ), a cornerstone of the government’s initiatives, is currently undergoing review to pave the way for its eagerly anticipated second phase, characterized by increased private sector engagement.
Discover the government’s review of the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme (PFJ) as it transitions to its second phase, emphasizing private sector involvement.
Temporary suspension of subsidies on agricultural inputs is highlighted. The regional minister’s insights on crop cultivation, food security, and the impact of agricultural extension officers. Insights were shared at a key council meeting discussing community development and government interventions.
Temporary Subsidy Suspension on Fertilizers and Agricultural Inputs Announced
In light of this review, the government has made the decision to temporarily suspend subsidies on fertilizers and various agricultural inputs.
Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, recently made this announcement, indicating that these subsidies will remain on hold until the review process reaches completion.
Increased Accessibility to Fertilizers and Farm Inputs
Despite the subsidy suspension, this year has witnessed a substantial influx of fertilizers and other essential farm inputs into the region.
These resources are readily available in the open market, ensuring that local farmers can easily access the tools they need.
Government’s Shifting Focus on Private Sector Participation
As the second phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative unfolds, the government’s strategy will shift towards nurturing partnerships with the private sector.
The primary goal is to facilitate the distribution of vital farm inputs at reduced prices, thus amplifying the programme’s impact.
Insights Shared at Upper West Regional Coordinating Council Meeting
Dr. Bin Salih shared these pivotal insights during a recent gathering at the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council in Wa. The meeting convened key figures such as municipal and district chief executives, district coordinators, presiding members, department heads, and representatives from various institutions and agencies.
The discussions centered on critical matters, particularly the government’s interventions and their tangible effects on the local community’s well-being.
Challenges Posed by Unpredictable Rainfall Patterns
Dr. Bin Salih disclosed that information from the Regional Directorate of the Department of Food and Agriculture highlighted a noteworthy challenge. Many farmers, who had initially embarked on cultivating extensive farmlands, faced obstacles due to erratic rainfall patterns. This situation led to a shorter planting window this year, resulting in a reduced cultivated land area.
Assurance of Food Security Despite Challenges
In response to these challenges, Dr. Bin Salih offered reassurance. Despite the reduction in cultivated land area, a comprehensive evaluation of crop performance suggests that food security remains promising for the region.
Agricultural Extension Officers Enhance Support
Highlighting efforts to bolster agricultural development, Dr. Bin Salih noted that the past four years have witnessed a significant recruitment of agricultural extension officers.
These officers have been strategically deployed to provide essential advisory services in the fields, catering to the needs of every farmer.
Regional Coordinating Council’s Constitutional Mandate
The Regional Coordinating Council, in accordance with Article 255 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, is vested with the responsibility to convene at least biannually. The objective is to foster collaborative discussions, offer informed advice, and make well-considered decisions that contribute to the betterment of the local population.
Comprehensive Reports on Community Development
During the council meeting, various assemblies presented comprehensive reports that encompassed a range of subjects, including infrastructural advancements, security measures, and the tangible impacts of the government’s socio-economic initiatives on the quality of life within local communities.