The Minister for Food and Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has debunked claims of food shortage in the country.
He said evidence on the grounds and data presented by the various regional agricultural directorates point to the availability of enough food in the country.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said the high food inflation is not as a result of food shortage rather rising fuel prices, high cost of agrochemicals and other external factors including the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“One of the motivation for us to come this time round is this whole issue about food prices being high and the explanation the people are giving is the fact that there is shortage of food .We know from our visits that, that is not true. The observations we’ve made in markets and enclave around Tachiman, Ejura and etc show very clearly. we were able to identify 25,000metric tons of maize from last year which is in stock.That still exist in the markets.That is not counting what is up in the Northern part of this country so there is food from last year and as you can see the rains have been very good in the next one month the new harvest will start coming in so we are well stock of food”.
The Minister stressed “Any talk of famine in Ghana or shortage of food in Ghana in the coming year is pure speculations.The reality is totally different .The data that we have been presented by the various directorates of agriculture support the view that we have a very healthy ,robust agriculture system which has been spiked by planting for food and jobs”
The Minister made the comments Saturday June 18,2022 in an interview with the media after touring parts of the Eastern region to end the first leg of his annual regional tour to farms and processing facilities in the agricultural value chain