Economist and CEO of Progeny Ventures, Dr Kofi Amoah says one of governments flagship programmes, Planting for Food and Jobs (PF&J) is not working.
This, according to him, is perhaps due to the incompetence of those appointed to manage the programme.
Dr Amoah who was speaking in an interview on the Business Focus with Paa kwesi Asare on TV3 Monday August 8, said he was elated to have first heard the President talk about the “Planting for Jobs Program”.
“When I hear a President vouching for a programme like Planting for Food and Jobs I am elated because all the things we’ve been talking about that we need to put the resources given to us by God to productive use but later realize its not working because probably the people appointed to manage it are not competent”.
He said the pwalugu tomato factory which was to support tomato farmers has been rundown by incompetent people. According to him if the right people are not appointed to manage affairs things will continue to go bad.
“You can espouse all the beautiful theories and programs that sound good on paper but if you don’t have the right people with the expertise, competence, honesty to focus their attention and minds to what you want to achieve nothing works”.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has said citizens of some neighbouring West African (W/A) countries are trooping to Ghana to buy foods due to the success of the PF&J initiative,
Dr Afrityie Akoto said this on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3, Tuesday August 2.
He stated that whereas others are going hungry in their home countries due to food shortage, Ghanaians and other residents in Ghana are not experiencing same due to the abundance of foods as a result of the PF&J.
“Without Planting for Food and Jobs we’ll be going as hungry as our neighbours around West Africa who are now coming to Ghana as the bread basket to pick our surpluses to the point that we even had to limit it by saying we are temporary banning export of our produce to the neighbouring countries,” he said.
“Of course other west African countries are going hungry that’s why they’re coming to Ghana to pick our food. Our surpluses and you’ll just have to travel to Ejura and other places to see those days the number plates of trucks crisscrossing Ghana, picking up surpluses to feed their own countries.
“As far as Kano in Nigeria, they were coming here to buy our rice,” he stressed.