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Agric Minister hopeful roads projects will improve PFJ

Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Afriyie Akoto says the proper implementation of the European Union funded 670 kilometers road project in the Upper West Region will help ensure the success of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.

He said the Ministry is focused on improving the PFJ programme to better the lives of farmers in the country, and added that the construction of those roads will enable the farmers in the region to transport the farm produce from their farms to the market centres and warehouses.

Dr. Akoto said this in a speech read on his behalf at the ground breaking ceremony for the EU funded 670 kilometers road project at Kpongu in the Wa Municipality. He thus encouraged farmers to increase their production.

The Minister also noted that the implementation of the roads project is part of initiatives to bridge the development gap between the north and the south.

He said the project has been designed to lead to the development of a sustainability, resilient and modernized agriculture.

The project, according to Dr. Akoto, will help improve the livelihood of the people in the beneficiary districts.