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PFJ is empty sloganeering, rhetoric – Peter Otokunor

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Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Dr Peter Boamah Otokunor has described the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme as nothing but empty sloganeering and rhetorics about agriculture development.  

He spoke on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1Radio with Mark Smith.

According to him, the NDC secured funding for the PFJ in 2016.

“PFJ is nothing but empty sloganeering, empty rhetoric about agriculture development. We got the funding for PFJ in 2016; we were not going to do rhetoric with PFJ.”

“In fact as part of my PhD studies; my second year, I actually reviewed the entire PFJ programme. My lecturer incidentally was a consultant and my review revealed completely; in fact I told them that the PFJ was going to collapse the following year. The PFJ as it stands now has completely collapsed,” he said.

Dr. Otokunor says the PFJ was taken over by party apparatchiks. “So you’re doing an input subsidy programme, you’re giving free seedlings, you’re giving subsidized fertilizers then you used party people to do this distribution, the party people arrogate to themselves powers that they do not have; they only give it to party people. Other farmers who could have even be doing better they don’t have access to the product. 

And because you give it to party people the way they use it, the seriousness and the commitment is down because most of them are not even farmers, but they think that is an opportunity to benefit from their toils in supporting the party.”

He added that the system is not sustainable because of the involvement of party people, and government has also failed to make any investment that will provide value chain development.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana

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