Budget 2017 "Planting for food and jobs” lacks clear implementation plan—ISSER

Government’s proposed ‘planting for food and jobs campaign’ needs more clarity to draw stakeholder support, that is coming from the Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER).

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The Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER) of the University of Ghana has described government’s proposed ‘planting for food and jobs campaign' as an innovate policy which lacks implementation.

Under the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs campaign’ government seeks to increase food production; maize (30%), rice(49%), soybean(25%), and sorghum(28%).

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Speaking at the post budget analysis organized by ISSER in Accra, Senior Research Fellow and Head of Economic Division Dr. Charles Godfred Ackah stated that without a clear plan for the implementation, it would be difficult to evaluate the performance of the planting for food and job in the set targets.

Government’s policy objective for the agric sector in 2017 is to modernize agriculture to increase food security and profits for farmers.

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He is also questioning how the 750, 000 number of jobs targeted to be created out of the campaign can be realized without a detailed implementation plan.

The institute also raised concerns about the need for government to control its borrowings so as to reduce the country’s mounting debt stock, which currently stands at about 73percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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On revenue mobilization, ISSER stated that government would have to take some tough measures in reducing expenditure while putting in place measures to increase revenue.

Agriculture growth needs to move from donor-dependency to profitable trade-driven agriculture, ISSER noted.

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