High cost of food in the country has nothing to do with food shortage – Agric Minister insists

The Minister in charge of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has reiterated his stance that Ghana has food in abundance.

According to him, although food prices may be high on the Ghanaian market, they should not be taken as a sign of food shortage in the country.

Speaking to TV3 in an interview, the Foods and Agriculture Minister insisted that Ghana has food in abundance and even supplies West African neighbours.

He argued that prices of food are only high on the market because people are intentionally selling goods with astronomical increases to make huge profits.

“The problem that we are facing about high cost of food is nothing to do with the shortage of food in the markets. You go to the producing areas, you will see exactly what I am talking about, I am just coming back five weeks ago, there is plenty of stocks and maize not even for this year, this year’s harvest is yet to come, we are talking of leftover last year’s crops.

“The issue is, you go and buy a basket of let’s say ¢150 of tomatoes, and then it comes to Kumasi and suddenly becomes ¢400, so there is some profiteering going on,” Agric Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto.

He said through the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs, Ghana has food in abundance and will get even more when this year’s harvest comes in.

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