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‘Planting For Food and Jobs Must Target Peasant Farmers’

By Joyce Bedeley:

Following the launch of the government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ Initiative at Goaso in the Brong Ahafo region on Wednesday, a lot of farmers continue to embrace the initiative in good faith. This is in view of the belief and hope that it stands to uplift the agric sector from its current poor state to a much better and appreciable state.

One of such farmers, Mr. Minta Lawer who is a maize and Yam farmer at New Abirem in the Eastern region noted that the policy was a step in the right direction since it will help farmers a lot. Mr. Mintah who made the observation in an interview with Rite FM’s Morning Show host, Krobea Asante on Friday said the initiative would play out to the benefit of farmers.

‘The policy is a good move by the government since it will help the farmers of this country a lot,’ Mr. Mintah remarked.

He however cautioned government not to only focus on commercial farmers at the expense of small-scale farmers and rather pleaded that government pay due attention to peasant farmers.

‘The problem however is that governments mostly focus on the commercial farmers to the detriment of the small scale farmers which is not the best. I therefore plead with the government not to support only the commercial farmers but to support the peasant farmers as well since the result of their hard work feeds our society.’

Source: ritefmonline.org


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