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The Agricultural Mechanization (AMSECs) module of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative is having an impact on the transformation of the country’s agricultural sector, said Food and Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

According to him, the government planned to enlarge the 32 (32) mechanization centers established in the 32 district assemblies across the country.

Akufo-Addo’s administration set up these mechanization centers in various district assemblies in 2019 with an initial import of two hundred and sixty (260) tractors and other agricultural machinery from Brazil.

“So far, the district assemblies in which these mechanization centers with the P & J’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) module have done well in terms of the number of seedlings they have produced have done well,” said Dr. Akoto.

Dr. Akoto made the observation on Friday, October 8, 2021 when he paid a working visit to farmers under the PFJ on their corn farms in Gomoa West. The farmers were very happy to meet the Minister of Agriculture. They told the minister how PFJ helped increase their corn yields.

They also begged the minister to help them with at least two (2) tractors.

In addition to the mechanization centers, Dr. Akoto, his ministry was supplying agricultural machinery to commercial farmers and the private sector at a discounted rate of 40%.
“That was an Akufo-Addo cabinet decision that farm machinery imported into the country should receive a 40% subsidy to aid agriculture,” he said.

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