Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister for Food and Agriculture, has said the Upper West Region is leading in the adoption and implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJs) Reunification.

Statistics presented to the Minister by the Upper West Regional Directorate of Agriculture show that the region registered 76,000 stallholder farmers, more than last year’s figures.

Addressing the media and workers of agriculture at the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council (RCC), Dr Akoto described the overall performance of the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions as tremendous.

He said despite Upper West Region having a small number of agriculture extension officers, their efforts have been noted.
The Minister said preparations are underway to employ more agriculture extension officers to help boost the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
He said sustainable progress of Ghana’s economy highly depended on the transformation of the agricultural sector that calls of more attention on the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme introduced by President Akufo-Addo administration last year.
Madam Leticia Salia, leader of women farmers group, commended government for improving the farming industry and called on the Agriculture Minister to give special attention to women as they face several challenges

By: Ibrahim Wangara