2018 Budget: CSOs call for better clarity on proposed policy interventions in Agric sector

| Updated Nov 18, 2017 at 5:39am



Civil Society Organisations [CSOs] say government must give more clarity to implementation strategies for some of its policy interventions in the agriculture sector announced in the 2018 budget.

In an interaction with Radio Ghana, the Director of Policy Advocacy Programmes at Send Ghana, Clara Osei-Boateng ,noted that budgetary allocation to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture does not match up to the various initiatives being rolled out in the sector.

She said for instance, the projection to enrol about 500,000 farmers on the planting for food and jobs programme calls into question how it will meet the demand for fertilizers and improved seedlings.

Madam Osei-Boateng observed that the health sector did not perform too well as most of the key pointers under Sustainable Development Goal 3 were missed.

While applauding government for defraying the debt owed to the National Health Insurance Scheme, she said government should move beyond the rhetorics on implementing the NHIS Review Document.