The American Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Robert Jackson, has revealed that his country intends to invest considerable resources in the agriculture and health sectors in Ghana.
He made the declaration during a working visit to the Brong Ahafo Region on Tuesday.
The US Ambassador was hosted by the Regional Minister, Mr. Kwaku Asomah-Cheremeh.
“About 38 million USD is being invested in the Agricultural sector. We are investing both in cash crops like cocoa and cashew, but we are also investing in maize and soya and improving seed varieties during testing,” the US Ambassador said.
He added that, the US Government is “working very closely with all of the companies in the cocoa sector, to ensure that the farmers get the best possible prices for their cocoa” adding that “we are doing the same in the cashew sector.”
Planting for Food and Jobs
This comes on the back of the launch of a flagship agric programme in Ghana dubbed: “Planting for Food and Agriculture.”
The Planting for Food and Jobs will be rolled out in all 216 districts across the country, and will involve the supply of farm resources such as high yielding and improved seedlings to participating farmers.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government has said that, it intends to revolutionize agriculture in the country by introducing the programme which is expected to create more than 750,000 jobs.
The programme, according to the government, would also motivate farmers to grow staple foods such as maize, millet, and beans.