Government targets 53% increase in crop production after first year of planting for food and jobs

| Updated Dec 04, 2017 at 11:50am

 

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, George Oduro

 

Government is targeting a fifty-three percent increase in crop production, particularly maize, after the first year of the planting for food and jobs.

The main crops for the programme which was launched by the President Akufo-Addo earlier in the year focuses on maize, millet, and beans.

According to Deputy Minister of Agriculture, George Oduro, early signs are showing yields far exceeding the 900,000 metric tonnes of maize produced every year.

Speaking on GBC's current Affairs Programme which discussed issues in the Agriculture sector and the way forward, the deputy Minister said the programme will be extended to more than 500,000 farmers next year.

Meanwhile, an Agri-business expert, Francis Osei says though government has come up with policies to assist the transformation of the Agric Sector, production has declined within the last two years.

He said for farmers to improve their yields, they must be introduced to improved seeds as well.

Farmer and managing director of lake side farms, Cletus Bedi Darrah said most farmers have not received the needed logistical support to help them to stand on their feet.

He said for farmers to do well in terms of production, it implies so many things.

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