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President launches ‘planting for foods’ to create 70,000 jobs

April 19, 2017, 8:56 a.m.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will later today launch an initiative dubbed ‘planting for foods and jobs’ at Goaso in the Asunafo North Municipality of the Brong Ahafo region

The project is aimed at encouraging every citizen to embrace farming, which will help the country attain real food sustainability through gardening and serious subsistence and commercial farming.

Government in the 2017 budget earmarked GH560 million for the initiative expected to create over 70, 000 jobs and will cover 2.5 million farmers nationwide after the pilot process.

Implementation mechanisms for the project have already been rolled out in some parts of the country.

Last month, a technical committee for the implementation of the initiative was set up in the Volta Region according to report.

A total of 7,914 farmers made of 5,885 males and 1,797 females were registered in the Volta Region for the initiative.

Some 4,862 maize farmers in the region will be tasked with the cultivation of a total area of 14,400 Ha.

The president is also expected to hold a rally on Thursday 20th April, 2017 to address the people of the Region at exactly 2:00pm at old main station as part of itinerary.