The Programmes Officer for Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Mr. Charles Nyaaba has said, though Government Fertilizer Subsidy Programme is still ongoing, yet some farmers in the Northern Region are not benefiting from the programme.
He noted that, Yara Ghana which use to be the main distributor of fertilizer backing off from the government fertilizer subsidy program has really affected farmers especially in the upper east and upper west region because all the distribution outlets of Yara Ghana over there do not sell the subsidized fertilizer to them.
According to him, the farmers who prefer using the Yara Ghana Fertilizer need to visit the market and buy the actual price which he said, it is very expensive for them to afford. Youth Advised to venture into Agriculture.
Unemployment rate is increasing day by day for lack of jobs for Ghanaian Youth, with majority of them graduating from the various tertiary institutions becoming jobless and some ending up forming unemployment associations which is an alarming situation which puts government to shame.
In view of this, the paramount chief of Aburi Traditional Council, Nana Kwesi Gyan has advised the youth to venture into agriculture rather than loitering around with their certificates.
He said agriculture is a lucrative business that the youth can take up the opportunity and make more money out of it, adding that in a situation where workers are losing their jobs due to power crisis in the country, they can shift to agriculture to earn a living.
He further stated that, there are big companies like Blue Skies and others who are ready to buy the produce from the farmers and so there is no need for a farmer to export his product to the European Market.
Advising the youth to go in agriculture, he called on government to set up a readily available capital for anyone who shows interest. Adding that will make the sectored attractive to the youth.
He explained that, the Parliamentarians can come together and develop a five years funding for the sector.
Writer; Nyarko Francis