May 20, 2024

The Bono East Regional Department of Agriculture, has held its regional sensitization program to educate stakeholders on the Planting for Food and Jobs Phase 2.0 (PFJ 2.0) initiative.

The PFJ 2.0 program, is a government’s flagship agricultural program aimed at boosting food production, improving farmer incomes, and enhancing food security across the country. It is the second phase of the Planting for Food and Jobs and it is a carefully thought-through initiative designed to build on the successes of the initial program while addressing its limitations.

The PFJ 2.0 program took a holistic view of the value chain approach by strengthening linkages among actors along selected agricultural commodity value chains and improving service delivery to maximize impact.

Addressing the media, the Bono East Regional Director of  Agriculture, Mr. Jame Adu, said “the goal of the sensitization program is to ensure all our key stakeholders, including farmers, extension officers, and local government officials, and Agriculture input dealers are well-informed about the details and benefits of PFJ 2.0,”

“We are doing it in such a way that every department within the region and the district level will understand the modalities of PFJ 2.0 and also  be an ambassador because once you know the modalities, if any farmer or anybody approaches you, you can share insight about the program with the farmer.”

Mr. James Adu, further disclosed that, the PFJ 2.0 is the continuation of the PFJ 1 and seeks to address all the limitations of the PFJ 2.0 of the PFJ 1 which took place between 2017 and 2022.

“PFJ 2.0 is just the second phase of PFJ 1, in the PFJ 1.0, we achieved some success and there were some limitation, so we have reviewed the first PFJ which was implemented from 2017 to 2021, so we have reviewed it and now knows the limitation so the PFJ 2.0 is coming to solve  the limitation or challenges we faced in PFJ 1. He said

During the event, agriculture officers at the Bono East Department of Agriculture provided in-depth presentations on the various components of PFJ 2.0, which include the provision of subsidized fertilizers and improved seeds, technical extension services, and market linkage support for farmers.

The sensitization program also served as a platform for farmers to provide feedback and share their concerns about the implementation of PFJ 2.0 in the region.

The Bono East Regional Director of Agriculture assured attendees that all feedback collected would be used to fine-tune the rollout of PFJ 2.0 in the region.

“This is just the beginning of our engagement with stakeholders,” he said.