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MOFA facilitates purchase of 5.5 million day old chicks ahead of christmas and new year festivities

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Through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the government is making preparations for the Christmas and New Year festivities. The Ministry facilitated the purchase of 5.5 million day-old chicks to be raised for meat. Additionally, the Ministry facilitated the purchase of 16.5 million doses of poultry vaccines.

This information was included in the highlights of the 2024 Budget and Economic Policy of the Government of Ghana for the 2024 financial year, presented to Parliament on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, by Ken Ofori-Atta, Minister for Finance.

“The Ministry facilitated the procurement of 5.5 million Day Old Chicks, 24,750MT of feed and 16.5 million doses of poultry vaccines for 16 Anchor and 500 out-grower farmers to raise broiler chicken for local consumption during Christmas and New-Year festivities.”

Meanwhile, the government has restated its commitment to pursuing agricultural growth through the Planting For Food and Jobs (PFJ) 2.0.

“Government undertook a comprehensive review of the first phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) flagship programme in April this year to anchor on successes and address the gaps and challenges identified over the six-year period of implementation. This culminated in the introduction of PFJ 2.0, a five-year transformative initiative anchored on four main principles: private sector focused, value chain approach, market driven and inclusivity.”

“The PFJ 2.0 is designed to accelerate Government efforts towards the modernisation and competitiveness of the food and agricultural sector. 97. Since the launch of PFJ 2.0, the Ministry facilitated the procurement processes for the provision of 9,827.5MT of seeds comprising 5,000MT of Maize, 450MT of rice, 300MT of sorghum, 4,071MT of soya, 1.3MT of pepper, 1.2MT of tomato and 4MT of onions seeds for distribution under the Input Credit Model.”

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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