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Peasant farmers laud ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ project but…

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) has commended government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ project but says the initiative needs some fine tuning. The project is one of the government’s moves to create jobs and increase agriculture productivity by supporting farmers with seedlings and fertilizers. Programmes Coordinator at PFAG, Charles Nyaba, says although the project will enable small-holder farmers ...

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Agric sector rapidly declining under Mahama – Akufo-Addo

The 2016 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the sad state of affairs in which Ghana finds herself in, under the leadership of President John Mahama, is evident in the rapid decline of the agricultural sector over the last eight years. With some 60% of the Ghanaian population engaged in agriculture, Nana Akufo-Addo stated ...

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mFarms: Technology to boost Ghana’s agribusiness

Ghana is increasingly drifting towards the use of technology to raise agriculture production as it launches the ‘mFarms’ platform to aid farmers to adopt good farm management practices. It would serve as vital source of information on best agronomic practices, pest and disease control. mFarms provides the tools to help every actor within the agricultural value chain to ensure efficiency. ...

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Food insecurity to hit Ghana if… – Women in farming warn

Rural women in Ghana say despite their key role in the agricultural sector, they have been sidelined in the implantation of certain government policies. Their concern is coming at a time rural women across Africa are being empowered to remain in agriculture so as to secure food for the future. The Africa Lead project is aimed at building capacity for ...

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Zimbabwe: Govt Secures U.S.$423 Million for New Agriculture Season

Government has secured $423 million to support the 2016/2017 agricultural season while negotiations are currently underway for a further $500 million, Finance and Economic Development Minister Patrick Chinamasa has said.”For the 2016/2017 agricultural season we are putting our money where our mouth is,” said Minister Chinamasa while launching the Zimbabwe Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper yesterday. The purpose of the ...

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UN University Institute for Natural Resources lauds PPP agreements in Agric sector

The United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, a UN Agency that promotes efficient management of Africa’s natural resources has lauded the Public-Private Partnership – PPP agreements in the agricultural sector. The current agreements according to the institute is making a positive impact economically, on farming communities especially. This follows the release of its maiden report aimed at ...

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FAO food price Index drops to seven-year low

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Food Price Index fell in January 2016, slipping 1.9 per cent below its level in the last month of 2015, as prices of all the commodities it tracks fell, sugar in particular. The Food Price Index averaged 150.4 points in January, down 16 per cent from a year earlier registering its lowest level since ...

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Japan supports Ghana with $2.5m agric machinery

The Embassy of Japan has handed over agricultural machinery under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Underprivileged Farmers (2KR) the Embassy said in a statement on Friday. According to the statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, the total Grant is three hundred and thirty million yen (?330,000,000) which is approximately GH¢9.7 million or about $2.5 million. The machinery comprises 77 agricultural ...

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Gov’t cuts budget for mass cocoa spraying exercise

Government has cut back on the budget for chemicals meant for the mass cocoa spraying exercise, a Member of Parliament for Akim Oda has revealed. William Agyepong Quaitoo insists the reduction in the budget has dire implications on the country’s cocoa production targets. His revelation follows reports of massive diversion of chemicals meant for the mass cocoa spraying exercise. On ...

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