Sunyani Agro-chemical sellers hail ‘planting for food jobs initiative’

Sunyani, Dealers in agro chemicals, farm inputs and foodstuffs in the Sunyani Municipality have hailed the government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs campaign.

They told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani that the campaign would speed up their businesses, and reduce the importation of food.

Mr Andy Gyan, the Manager of Farmers Link Agro-Chemicals, said the campaign would not only guarantee national food security, but also motivate the youth to engage in farming as a commercial venture.

This would definitely bring direct and indirect jobs to the doorsteps of the ordinary citizen, he said.

Mr Gyan noted that because of the high cost of farm inputs and equipment, many farmers were not able to buy them, and he was optimistic that with the campaign, prices of such tools would go down for the benefit of the peasant farmer.

He observed that the provision of irrigation system, ready markets and enough storage facilities, the problem of post-harvest losses would be addressed and beneficiary farmers could also improve food production.

At the Darsec Agro-chemical shop, Master Fred Twum, an attendant commended the government for the reduction of prices of fertilizers and other agro-chemicals, which had made it affordable for farmers to buy.

Madam Lydia Anima, a trader said the government ought to be commended for campaign, because many of them especially unemployed youth could get jobs.

She expressed concern about the high prices of local, as compared to imported rice saying that it was making it difficult for the local product to compete in the market.

According to her, 5kg mini bag of the local rice is sold at GH?26.00, while imported once are selling at GH?21.00.

Source: Ghana News Agency