Introduce policies in the PEJ programme to promotes intraregional trade

By
Morkporkpor Anku, GNA

Accra, Sept. 
15, GNA – Dr John Jatoe, a Consultant has called on government to
introduce specific policies and actions in the Planting for Food and Jobs (PEJ)
Programme that facilitates and promotes intraregional African trade in
agriculture commodities and services.

He said with the marketing as one of the focus
areas of the programme, government needed to plan in tackling the increase
exports to the sub-region, the rest of Africa and the globe.

Dr Jatoe gave the recommendations during a
policy dialogue session, to review the implementation of the Programme.

The report presented was commissioned by the
Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG) to assess the proposed actions and
outcomes in the programme implementation strategy against the goals and
objectives of the Malabo declaration and the CADDP Principles.

It was also to contribute to enhancing the
quality and effectiveness of the programme implementation.

The dialogue was part of an ongoing efforts
and responsibility of PFAG as key beneficiary of the programme to provide
evidence and recommendations for government’s consideration for better
implementation.

He said one of the main findings of the desk
review research indicated that the programme does not cover the livestock,
poultry and fisheries sub-sector.

Dr Jator, who is also a Lecturer at the
Department of Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness, University of Ghana said
the e-agriculture platform being talked about in the strategy was yet to be
rolled out and its performance was of particular interest to farmers.

He said the yield projections for the four-year
PFJ may be too high or unrealistic, however, the cost estimation presented do
not allow comparison with the annual public expenditures over the period.

He said “consultations needs to be better
developed and operationalised to create mutual accountability.”

The Lecturer said government needed to lay
emphasis on the implementation on strengthening extension, marketing and civil
society involvement for mutual accountability.

GNA

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