The Volta Region has recorded a hike in female farmer beneficiaries of the Planting for Food and Job (PFJ) initiative for 2018.
Statistics available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) shows that in 2018, 21,098 female farmers benefitted from the initiative compared to 2,741 who benefitted in 2017.
The data collated from the 25 municipalities and districts of the Region placed North Dayi as the district with the highest female beneficiaries of 3,756.
South Tongu District follows with 2,584 female beneficiaries while Keta came third with 1,858 followed by Ketu North with 1,701 beneficiaries.
A total of 1,242 women from Hohoe municipality benefitted from the initiative closely followed by Central Tongu with 1,220 beneficiaries, Agortime-Ziope recorded 842 beneficiaries while Ho Municipal recorded 819 beneficiaries.
Female beneficiaries from Afadjato South was 802 followed by Biakoye with 801, North Tongu 708 , while Akatsi South documented 696 beneficiaries.
The rest of the beneficiaries are South Dayi, 657; Ho West, 605; Krachi East, 584; Kadjebi, 496; Krachi Nchumuru, 328; Adaklu, 311; Ketu South, 271; Kpando 234; Akatsi North, 206; Jasikan, 138; Krachi West, 126; Nkwanta North, 72 and Nkwanta South 41.
The PFJ campaign launched in 2017 was to augment food production and ensure best farming practice.
Though lots of crops are cultivated in the Region, under the PFJ initiative, the region’s priority crops are maize, rice and vegetables.