507,823 farmers in the Upper East Region have benefitted from the government flagship agricultural programme, Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) since 2017.
In 2017, 30,009 farmers partook in the government’s programme. The number increased to 65,837 in 2018 and 142,142 in 2019. In 2020, 185,012 farmers benefitted. In 2022 however, the number dropped to 84,823 farmers.
Within that same period, 2,107.9mt of improved seeds were supplied to the farmers who enlisted for the programme.
The increased number of farmers on the programme translated into crop production. This is according to the Upper East Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu who spoke at the Ministry of Information’s Press Centre in Accra.
The briefing formed part of the Ministry’s attempt to present a ‘State of the Region Report’ for all 16 regions.
When Mr. Yakubu spoke, he mentioned that the dips in the number of beneficiaries, seeds supplied, acreage produced and crops produced could be blamed on the pandemic.
On the issue of fertilisers, the Minister blamed Russia’s war in Ukraine for the decreased numbers available.
“If you run through them; the seeds supplied, the fertilisers supplied, the crop production and the surplus in metric tonnes, you will see that year on year, from 2017, there has been an increase. This tells you what this government is doing in the region to help in terms of agriculture.”