“It is against this backdrop that the President has taken appropriate measures to transform the raw farm produce, add value and market them with the view to stimulating growth on sustainable basis and piercing the international market, hence the import restrictions on some products to make way for local production, he emphasized.

The Chief Executive, touching on some of the challenges, said the government, under the leadership of Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic, implemented the Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) as well as the Rearing for Food and Job programmes.He said the introduction of the second phase of the PFJ was necessary after the end of the phase 1 in 2022. “This programme is aimed at helping farmers get inputs supply and access to market through an aggregator”.Hon. Prince Karikari further said farmers would be linked to aggregators for inputs at the onset of the farming season where the aggregators would return to buy the products of the farmers at the cost of inputs supplied without interest charges.He also highlighted several key interventions and programmes to be rolled out by the government toward providing smart solutions in the agricultural value chain.Hon. Karikari congratulated the gallant farmers for their hard work, commitment and dedication towards the development of the economy and wish they remain resolute to the course of championing the growth of agriculture in the district and Ghana at large.

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