Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta has said that 201,000 farmers have been registered for the Planting for Food and Jobs program.
He said that Planting for Food and Jobs has been a tremendous success since its inception.
The Program he noted has recruited 2,160 university graduates and 1,070 youth to register and provide extension services.
“201,000 farmers have been registered for the Planting for Food and Jobs program. The Program has been a tremendous success. It recruited 2,160 university graduates and 1,070 youth to register and provide extension services” he said while presenting the 2018 budget in Parliament Wednesday.
The Planting for Food and Job project, which is one of the government’s flagship programmes, has come under attacks a month after it was implemented.
Under the programme, farmers are expected to be provided with improved seeds and subsidized fertilizers to ease their work and boost production.
But Mr Ken Ofori Attah indicated that a total of 220 tractors and accessories comprising 141 maize shellers, 77 Multi-crop threshers have been distributed to farmers and service providers to promote agricultural mechanization.
To facilitate the provision of community-owned and managed small-scale irrigation facilities, the finance minister noted that government has identified 192 small dams and dugouts in 64 districts for development.