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Ghana: Agriculture Ministry gets $216m for food security programme

The Ghanaian Parliament has approved two loan facilities for the Ministry of Agriculture to facilitate the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme, APA learns here.The loans are from the $150-million facility from the India Exim Bank and $66 million facility from the Government of Brazil, which were approved by Parliament on Tuesday.

The loans would be channeled into the procurement of farm implements to enhance government’s vision of modernising agriculture in the country to promote food security and provide employment for the teeming youth of the country.

The Daily Graphic on Wednesday reports that it is by far the biggest facility secured by the government for the acquisition of farm implements.

The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, said the machinery would be mostly used for land preparation, sowing, farm maintenance, harvesting and primary processing.

He envisaged that it would help improve efficiency and farm work.

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