Central region

Government supports 500 poultry farmers in central region

They received 5,000 roosters and 1,000 piglets at subsidized prices for breeding under the Livestock for Food and Employment (RFJ) scheme of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA ).

Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, Central Regional Minister revealed this when she in turn attended the National Farmers Day celebration and trade show in Cape Coast.

Monday’s fair was organized by the Central, North West, Bono, East and North Regions who also showcased parts of their colorful culture and traditions through dance, drumming and the music.

The other Regions will take turns in the following days.

The Day, scheduled for Friday, December 3, on the theme: “Planting for Food and Employment; Strengthening Ghana’s Food Systems”, should recognize and celebrate farmers across the country for their immense contribution to national growth and development.

The RFJ initiative aims to develop a competitive and more efficient livestock industry that increases domestic production, reduces the import of livestock products and contributes to job creation.

The programme, within the broader framework of Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), the module was officially launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in Wa in 2019 to address issues associated with the development of l breeding in the country, including but not limited to the quality of breeds used by breeders.

It also seeks to solve the problems of nutrition, animal health; poor and inadequate livestock housing structures/equipment; inadequate agricultural extension service and livestock value chain development and promotion.

Meanwhile, under the Plantation Program for Food and Rural Development, a total of 8,943 cashew, oil palm, coconut, mango and cocoa seedlings have been distributed to farmers in the 22 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the region.

More than 237,000 farmers in the Region are now growing rice, cowpea, maize and vegetables under the PFJ since its creation in 2017.

The government had also constructed six warehouses under one district, One Warehouse (1D1W) in Awutu Senya East, Assin Fosu, Cape Coast, Twifo Atti-Morkwa, Upper Denkyira West and Upper Denkyira East districts.

In the same vein, under 1D1F, Ms. Assan assured that the Ekumfi Fruits and Juices Processing factory, the Casa de Ropa factory and the Peterfield & Rey factory, which are largely dedicated to fruit processing and the bakery, were working efficiently.

The outgrowers had been organized into groups for the production of pineapple, orange, sweet potato to supply the three factories to ensure continuous production.

Reiterating the commitment to e-agriculture and environmental sustainability for sustainable food production, Ms. Assan said the Center for No-Till Agriculture located in Kobina-Ansa, a suburb of Mfantsiman Municipality, was established .

It aims to engage farmers in Conservation Agriculture, a proven system for growing healthy soils, restoring nutrients and depleted land and conserving water, managing weeds, pests and increasing yields in a harsh climate. eco-friendly.

Courting investors, she said, the central region was naturally positioned with more than 71 percent of its nearly three million people engaged in agriculture and related activities.