Dr. Owusu Afriye Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), has expressed gratitude for the cooperative effort made by farmers in the Volta Region to impart information to smallholder farmers.
On Friday, November 4, 2022, he offered the praise at the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) in the Volta Region, praising the farmers for supporting the Planning for Food and Jobs initiative (PFJ).
He claimed that despite the political stance that local farmers had when the program first began, which led to them being among the last farmers to fully support it, the program has been a huge success.
He said regardless of the late acceptance of the initiative, the region had unearthed great agricultural potential in rice, oil palm and maize production. In addition, Dr Akoto remarked that wholly accepting the projects had led to unearthing of the region as a good destination for huge pineapple plantation.
He tasked the Regional Agriculture Director, William Dzamefe, to fashion out measures to bring all satellite pineapple producers in the region under one umbrella.
The aim, he noted, is to enable the farmers to tap into the rich knowledge, skills and markets of Kaleawo Ltd., a large scale pineapple production, packaging and exporting company. He indicated that this company started its operations in the Central Region but had to look for other destinations due to excessive land-grabing by real estate developers.
Mr. Dzamefe remarked that his organization was committed to addressing the issues of the farmers in the area as he gave an outline of the development of agriculture in the area.
Seidu Labaran Mohammed, the farm manager for Kaleawo Ltd., made a request for assistance with inputs including fertilizer and planting supplies.
He explained that by taking this action, farmers will be less affected by inflation.