The National and the two-chapter executives as well as the entire membership of the NPP-Japan branch have applauded the Nana Addo-Bawumia led government on strides made in the agricultural sector.

It has been established that Ghana’s agricultural success story cannot be told without smallholder farmers participation because they are the vital link to the country’s agricultural transformation with economic
boom and agri-business sparking job-creation.

The success story of the NPP’s flagship programme “Planting for Food and Jobs”, said sustaining and ensuring progress in this important sector.

We believe that it requires investments beyond money that include political will, strategic policy and
enormous financial commitment from both government and the private sector.

This is exactly what the Nana Addo-Bawumia led government has done and this initiative has benefited over 600,000 farmers in the first and second year of its implementation, while, over 1 million farmers across the country have benefited in the 2019/2020 farming season hoping to reach 1.5 million by the end of 2020.

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The Planting for Food and Jobs seeks to break the food dependency syndrome on importation, to ensure food security and to provide raw materials to feed the agro-processing industries whiles creating jobs right here in Ghana and not in other countries.

Thanks to the Planting for Food and Jobs, there was no importation of a single maize in 2017/2018 fiscal
year and over 700,000 jobs created especially among the youth.

The programme has attracted more youth into the farming business with the provision of improved seeds and fertilizers.

With this vision, Ghana is on the right track of achieving 2003 AU’s Malabo declaration on Agriculture.

The declaration forms part of Africa’s agenda 2063 where each country is expected to allocate at least
10% of the national budget to agriculture with the aim of achieving a 6% agricultural growth rate to end
hunger by 2025.

Ghana is likely to achieve this due to the good policies enacted by the visionary leader
Nana Addo-with the huge potential of reducing poverty.

Available statistics on crops yield in 2018 compared to NDCs-led agricultural yield in 2016. He indicated that there was an increase in maize production by 89%, from 1.8 metric tonnes per hectare to 3.4 metric tonnes per hectare; rice also increased by 48 %, from 2.7 metric tonnes per hectare to 4.0 metric tonnes per hectare and over 200% increase for soya production.

This explains why Ghana experienced a bumper harvest in 2018 and 2019 which gingered exportation of over 130, 000 tonnes of foodstuff to neighbouring countries.

The NPP government through the launching of the “Rearing for Food and Jobs” and the “Planting for Export and Rural Development” together have the potential to promote the production of high-value horticultural crops such as vegetables employing greenhouse technology; diversify income source of farmers and increase foreign exchange earnings for the country.

The construction of the 25,000-hectare irrigation project at Pwalugu, construction and rehabilitation of dams and dugouts to ensure an all-year-round farming as a demonstration of NPPs commitment to lifting farmers and the poor from their misery to live a well befitting life.

The group called on Ghanaians to vote for Nana Addo to continue this wonderful flagship programme as we go to the polls this year.

The group is using this medium to invite all NPP members and sympathizers to the National Congress of
the NPP-Japan branch scheduled to take place on Sunday, 4th May, 2020 at the Akos Hall, Saitama

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