NASTAG Supplies Seeds under the “Planting for Food And Jobs” Program (PFJ)
At a training session on strategic development planning, APSP and NASTAG conceived the idea to supply local seeds to support the Government of Ghana (GoG)’s flagship “Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)” program.
Based on this bold initiative, NASTAG representatives held meetings with the leadership of MoFA and expressed their readiness and capacity to supply quality seeds and seize this unique opportunity to expand the market for improved seeds. Subsequently, MoFA offered NASTAG a slot to supply open-pollinated variety (OPV) maize seeds to Ghanaian farmers. At the end of May 2017, seed producers associated with NASTAG successfully supplied 1,200 MT of OPV seeds (improved seeds to increase yields per hectare) to farmers in the southern zone of Ghana.
In full recognition of NASTAG’s role in coordinating the supply of seeds to the PFJ, MoFA invited the organization to have a permanent seat at the PFJ’s National Committee. This is a strong indication that MoFA’s leadership has come to recognize that NASTAG, as the representative of seed growers in Ghana, is a major player for the successful implementation of the PFJ.