Peasant farmers laud govt fertilizer and seed subsidy programme


Peasant farmers laud govt fertilizer and seed subsidy programme

The Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) says governments Fertilizer and Seed Subsidy Programme (FSP) is a useful policy to increase agric production and ensure food security.

In a position paper position paper presented to the Agric Ministry, PFAG President, Abdul Rahman Mohammed notes the policy would boost economic development and the structural change needed to reduce poverty among smallholder farmers in Ghana.

The position paper was released Tuesday after a policy dialogue on the implementation of the FSP.

Multiple challenges and threats posed by climate change and variability, and unstable global markets make it both important and urgent to focus attention on improving efficiency and effectiveness of such input subsidy programmes while exploring ways to reduce reliance on inorganic fertilizers through improved soil fertility management, the paper said.

PFAG promised to work with government and other stakeholders to ensure that the benefits of the programme to smallholder farmers are maximized.

The association champions advocacy for poverty eradication among smallholder farmers through measures that improve and protect their livelihoods.

Click this link to download the full PFAG position paper on the Fertilizer and Seed Programme (FSP).

Photo: A cross-section of participants at the policy dialogue.

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