Scrap ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy and focus on irrigation to stabilize food prices – John Dumelo urges Agric Ministry

June 9, 2024
Scrap ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy and focus on irrigation to stabilize food prices - John Dumelo urges Agric Ministry
Mr John Dumelo

Ghanaian actor, farmer and politician, , has called for a strategic overhaul in Ghana's agricultural policy. In a recent statement on , Dumelo advised the to discontinue the (PFJ) initiative, citing it as a source of and inefficiency.

Dumelo, who is also the Parliamentary Candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, emphasized the need for substantial investment in irrigation infrastructure to support dry season . He argued that the lack of adequate irrigation is the primary reason for the high prices of essential produce like tomatoes, peppers, and onions during the dry season.

“Our neighbors – Burkina Faso, , and – have capitalized on this gap by investing heavily in irrigation. As a result, they can supply us with these vital crops during our dry season,” Dumelo remarked.

He noted that while Ghanaian farmers have begun planting with the onset of rains, leading to an anticipated drop in prices by July or August, this seasonal fluctuation is not sustainable. Dumelo stressed that continuous dependence on seasonal rains for farming results in cyclical price instability, which could be mitigated through year-round irrigation.

“By investing in irrigation, we can achieve price stability and reduce the millions of dollars spent on importing tomatoes and onions from neighboring countries,” Dumelo said, advocating for self-sufficiency and enhanced local agricultural capacity.

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