OTI ON THE RISE SERIES- BY THE OTI REGIONAL YOUTH WING
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. And that is what the NPP government has demonstrated in the Agriculture Sector with the 'Planting For Food and Jobs' initiative.
As we all know, Agriculture plays a crucial role in the growth of our economy. It is the backbone of our economy. Agriculture do not only supply food and raw materials but also provide employment opportunities for the masses. Agriculture grew by -4% in the 2015/2016 crop season under the NDC. The sector was virtually on its knees, it started growing positively when the visionary Nana Akufo-Addo took over the reins of this country.
It is common knowledge, that the people of Oti are Agrarian and the local economy being driven largely by agriculture with the Youth at the centre.
It was therefore the reason the decline in Agriculture under the NDC delved mortal wounds on our local economy as a Region.
The Youth in the Region never regretted voting for change in 2016. The collapsed Agric sector is now growing at 14% under the NPP due to transformational policies like the "Planting for Food Jobs" (PFJ).
The PFJ program has enrolled over 600,000 smallholder farmers with a target to reach 1.5 million farmers across the country by the end of 2020.
The rippling effect of this in our Region is enormous.
The focus of this program is on seven value chain; rice, maize, sorghum, selected vegetables, soya bean, groundnut and cassava which are all being cultivated in large acreages in the Oti Region.
The NPP government in its commitment towards creating jobs for the Youth is not only rolling out this project but also supporting with technical expertise by employing 8,000 Agric extension officers across the country over the last two years.
The Youth Wing is reliably informed of the introduction of the mechanization component of this policy by the supply of machinery that would be operated by smallholder farmers of which the government has already signed an agreement worth $220 million with India and Brazil to supply the machines.
In lieu of such opportunity, all the Youth in the Region are advised to position themselves to take advantage of this flagship program of the government. Get to the various District Agriculture Department of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to register if you have not enrolled on the PFJ program.
Oti must rise!