Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta has stated that Farmers across the country will also have their share of the national cake through an intensification programme to be rolled out soon to support the planting for foods and jobs initiative.
Presenting the mid-year budget review, the Minister noted that, the government is putting aggressive measures in place to facilitate farmers access to financial aids.
“Mr. Speaker, Government will intensify support for farmers through the Planting for Food and Jobs and Rearing for Food and Jobs programmes. We will aggressively facilitate access to financing for rice millers to enable them to purchase paddy from rice farmers. In addition, we will provide financial support to the National Buffer Stock Company and Ghana Commodity Exchange to enable them store and trade stocks as needed to smoothen out supplies on the market” he said.
He also noted that “Government will inject liquidity into the system to ease cash flow difficulties of businesses and protect workers by honouring obligations to contractors and suppliers in a timely manner. Building on the recent good experience of sourcing from the pharmaceuticals and textile & garment sectors, the Government will expand procurement from local producers for its goods and services”.
By Amos Ekow Coffie | talksafrica.com