The Upper West Regional Secretariat of the National Youth Authority (NYA) harvested more than one thousand bags of maize last year under the “‘Youth in Planting for Food and Jobs Programme” (PFJs).
The NYA supported 120 youth in the region in a pilot project under the PFJs last year to cultivate 120 acres of maize.
The Ghana Prison Service, a participant of the programme during the pilot phase in the same year, also harvested 120 bags of maize, a feat that has encouraged the NYA to repeat the course this year.
The Director of Programmes and Operations at NYA, Mumuni Sulemana, said two-thirds of the produce would be given to the youth to either cultivate again or to sell to support other income-generating activities.
The rest of the produce would be given to the Buffer Stock Company as part of the Authority’s contribution to ensuring food security.
He said the NYA piloted the programme to ascertain its potential of effectively engaging the youth in agriculture under the National PFJ Programme.
Speaking at a ceremony in Wa to hand over the produce to the youth, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of NYA, Bright Acheampong, said the success of the programme was an indication that the young men and women are ready to contribute to national development and expressed the hope that they would be able to replicate the outcome without the support of NYA.