Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Yaw Frimpong Addo has disclosed that 1.7 million farmers have enrolled on the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme.

Speaking on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show on Tuesday, Mr Addo said during the inception of the programme only 200,000 farmers subscribed.

According to him, the rate at which more farmers have signed unto the programme is enough motivation for government to put in place measures that will sustain it.

“What we’re confronted with is how to ensure that the farmers get the input timeously at the correct price and without this interference of smugglers.

“When we’re able to do that and it gets to these farmers, if even the weather is not too good, the multiply effect of the numbers will sort any shortfall that may arise,” he added.

The Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) programme is a flagship agricultural campaign that is being spearheaded by the Akufo-Addo led government.

Divided into five modules, the project was officially launched by President Akufo-Addo at Goaso on April 19, 2017 in the then Brong Ahafo Region.