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Revise fertilizer subsidy programme under PFJ to target smallholder farmers — Peasant Farmers

The government of Ghana must review the fertilizer subsidy programme under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative to target smallholder farmers.

This is according to the Head of Programme and Advocacy at the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), Dr Charles Nyaaba.

He said the farmers have been hit harder by the geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine because the development is affecting the import of fertilizer.

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Fertilizer subsidy programme under PFJ must target smallholder farmers

Dr Nyaaba was speaking on the [email protected] on TV3 Monday, March 21, 2022, in relation to an announcement by the government the 16 flagship programmes are going to be looked at.

“You will realise that if you look at the support of the Planting for Food and Jobs, the major area that farmers have benefited from is the fertilizer subsidy programme.

“This fertilizer, we depend on is 100 percent an importation. And because we are now having global prices crisis it is hitting us hard.

“So I look for a situation where government rather will review and we target smallholder farmers,” he told Martin Asiedu Darteh of TV3.

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Dr Charles Nyaaba

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Earlier last week, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, announced that all the 16 flagship programmes of the government including the free Senior High School (SHS) programme and the PFJ are up to be looked at.

Mr Oppong Nkrumah said the president wants the programmes to be protected and fully implemented to impact the lives of all Ghanaians.

“All the 16 flagship programmes are up to be looked at. The President has directed that the flagship programmes should be protected and fully implemented to ensure that the impact is achieved.

“However, he wants it done within the constraints of item number two which is the fiscal framework we are working with. If based on the caps that we are working with we will have to rescope a particular flagship program, we will do it and see how much we can achieve,” he told Accra-based Citi FM on Monday, March 21, 2022.

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