Government has announced plans to construct a warehouse in each of the 216 districts in the country to support the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs campaign’ which was launched at Goaso in the Brong Ahafo region on Wednesday.
According to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the warehouses would be crucial in helping to mitigate post harvest losses.
Launching the programme, President Akufo-Addo said it would be a 1000-metric tonne capacity warehouse, to help handle produce and store the anticipated surpluses under the programme.
“In the Asian experience, the existence of a relatively extensive rail network, to carry fertilizer and other inputs to the farm, and carry farm outputs to the markets, has set them apart from us in Ghana.”
“In Ghana, government will also expand the feeder road and farm track networks, to mitigate post-harvest losses and also ensure foodstuffs are available,” the president said.
“…Agriculture remains the fuel that powers all our activity in Ghana, we ignore it at our risk. My government will certainly not ignore it. I give you my pledge, the farmers, food crop farmers, fish farmers and livestock farmers will have the support they deserve from my government,” he added.
The ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme is aimed at producing enough food to feed the nation, export the surplus and help reduce the food import bill as well as generate employment for the youth.
Already 1200 graduates from five agriculture colleges have been recruited and trained to offer extension services to farmers under the programme.