Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Ghana’s minister-designate for food and agriculture has unveiled the new government’s national campaign with the slogan “Planting for Food and Jobs”.
The campaign forms part of efforts by the government of newly-elected President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo to generate more wealth in the agricultural sector and to improve the livelihood of farmers and fishermen as well as help grow the national economy.
“This campaign is designed to encourage all citizens to take up farming as full or part-time activity,” Dr Akoto stated at the official opening of the 68th Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC) in Accra at the University of Ghana here Monday.
“It is intended to structure it along the lines of the erstwhile “Operation Feed Yourself” (OFY) programme of the 1970s,” he added.
The 68th ANYSC, taking place under the theme: “Promoting National Development through Agriculture Modernisation: The Role of ICT”, was opened by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo under the chairmanship of Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana.
Dr Akoto said the spearhead of the campaign this year would involve the production of maize, rice, soybeans, sorghum and vegetables while other crops would be adopted in subsequent years.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK