PFJ major tool for poverty reduction- Naaba Bewong

Naba Sigiri Bewong

Naba Sigiri Bewong

The Paramount Chief of Sakote Traditional Area in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, Naba Sigiri Bewong, has stated that the introduction of government’s flagship programme of Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJs) has become a major tool for poverty reduction in the area.

The Paramount Chief made the observation on Friday when the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto and his entourage visited the community, as part of a seven-day tour to the Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions.

According to the chief, before the intervention it used to be very difficult for farmers to access farm inputs and that almost discouraged them from farming.

He stated that with the introduction of the flagship PFJs, the people now heave a sigh of relief as farmers can now access them at their doorsteps.
“The accessibility of subsidised prices of fertiliser and improved seeds have helped my subjects to increase their farm productivity and improved their wellbeing. Previously you will trek all the way to Bolgatanga searching for fertiliser to buy but you will never get some, but last year vehicles load of fertiliser were at our doorsteps and farmers had access to them with ease,” Naaba Asigiri recounted.
Naba Bewong, commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led government for bringing relief to the community and said over 80 per cent of his subjects were into farming, stressing that without support from the government many of the people would have continued to suffer in deprivation.

He further lauded the decision by the government to undertake mass production of cashew in the Sakote community under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme and the One Village, One Dam, stressing “the intent by the government to ensure all year round farming for people in the northern part of this country is a laudable one and must be commended.”
Naaba Bewong recounted how the community lost several of its cattle due to lack of water and appealed to the government to ensure speedy completion of the dam project to help address the problem.

The minister expressed gratitude to the chief and his elders for the good testimonies about the laudable policies and programmes being implemented by the government, stressing that the President resolved to end the vicious cycle of poverty amongst rural folks, particularly farmers through the PFJ and other programmes.

Dr Akoto emphasised that with the provision of improved seeds and fertilisers at subsidised prices, farmers would be able to quadruple their yields per acre, compared to previous cases where they were using the normal grains.

He pointed out that throughout his visits to some communities, farmers had been giving testimonies about how the introduction of the flagship PFJs programme had greatly improved their farming activities and financial status and pledged the commitment of the  government toward transforming the country’s economy through agriculture.


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