President Akufo-Addo's 'Planting for Food and Jobs' programme has received praises from the former Central Regional Chairman of the opposition National Democratic Congress, Bernard Allotey Jacobs in a radio discussion.
The NDC kingpin was contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM's flagship programme, Kokrokoo which has Kwame Sefa Kayi as its anchor when he departed from what members of the National Democratic Congress are known for and honestly commended His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for introducing the Planting for Food and Jobs programme which has culminated in a bumper harvest this year.
"There is bumper harvest now, and we haven't seen this for a very long time. Even GHC5 can buy you a bunch of plantains. I must be honest, Nana Addo has done well in that department and needs to be commended" Mr Allotey Jacobs said this on Peace FM's Kokrokoo morning show on the 17th day of October 2018.
The agriculture sector contracted in 2016, driving prices high on the markets. Poor farming practices had also contributed to the dwindling fortunes in the sector. Naturally, people lost their investments as a result.
This would induce the Akufo-Addo administration to look at a pragmatic method of reviving the sector while creating employment avenues for the youth. The Planting for Food and Jobs was thus, birthed.
The Planting for Food and Jobs programme when introduced was ridiculed by the opposition National Democratic Congress as a policy that was not fit for purpose. To them, it would not add anything to our food production, let alone create jobs for the youth.
Allotey Jacobs' praises on President Akufo-Addo dethrone all the negative commentaries and perceptions being pushed into the public domain by a section of the National Democratic Congress. Food is in abundance as he alluded to, and prices are relatively low, thereby reducing how much income is expended on food.
The Planting for Food and Jobs programme has yielded fruits beyond the expectations of many Ghanaians, including Allotey Jacobs of the NDC.