The second phase of the Akufo-Addo administration’s signature Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative has drawn harsh criticism from the Minority.
Dr. Godfred Seidu Jasaw, the deputy ranking member of the committee on food, agriculture, and cocoa affairs, claims that the launch merely demonstrates the failure of the policy, which was only implemented by the government in 2017 in order to plunder public funds.
“This a clear admission of our position that the PFJ programme had failed and that it was a mere state resource looting platform disguised as a flagship programme,” he said at a press briefing.
At a news conference, he stated, “This is a clear admission of our position that the PFJ programme had failed and that it was merely a state resource looting platform disguised as a flagship program.”
On Monday, August 28, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo introduced the PFJ Phase 2 in the Northern Region.
The Wa East Member of Parliament (MP) asserts that the PFJ is not unique.
“It’s just a way of telling us government can no longer support input subsidy and that farmers will be left in the hands of private commercial entities to negotiate and transact their own production input regimes based on market determinants.”
He pointed out that the second phase of PFJ “is substantially not different from the PFJ this government has implemented since 2017”.
“In fact, this new program will impoverish the small holder farmer in a worse form as his faith will be determined by market forces.”
He urged well-meaning individuals to “vote out this incompetent and dishonest government to save the already collapsed Mother Ghana” and warned that Ghanaians can expect increased food prices by the end of the year as a result of the decision by the government.