Food and Agriculture Minister Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto says there is no food shortage in Ghana. A Ghana News Agency report quotes him, reiterating that there is no food shortage in the country, despite rising food prices and food prices being among the factors. which are driving up inflation in the country, currently at 27.6%.
“There is no food shortage in Ghana as assumed, the food situation in the regions is proof enough, but we recognize that food is relatively expensive due to external factors,” he said. .
The Minister said that the increase in food prices was not due to the policies of the Ghanaian government, but to external factors such as the increase in imported chemicals and other external factors beyond their control.
Addressing MOFA staff and farmers in the Eastern Region as part of his official tour, he assured that despite the uncontrollable external factors, the government was instituting measures to reduce production costs to mitigate effects on consumers.
“We encourage farmers to switch to locally produced organic fertilizers to reduce the impact of the fertilizer shortage on food production and urge the Wild West to move quickly to using compost.
Regarding bank financing, Dr. Afriyie Akoto suggested that the government was looking for alternatives to force banks to lend part of their loans to farmers to improve production.
This, he said, was aimed at addressing the inability of farmers to obtain loans from banks, adding that several efforts with banks had proven unsuccessful over the years and banks preferred to provide loans. both businessmen and farmers.
Mr. Henry Crentsil, Eastern Regional Director of MOFA, revealed earlier that despite the shortage of fertilizers and the cost of production, there were indications of high yields due to planting for food and employment and other interventions.
He said for example that the adoption rate of improved seeds by farmers had increased significantly, especially for maize, and added that this was a sign of food abundance and that the current price spike was seasonal. .
The Minister, as part of the tour, visited some private commercial farms including the Legacy Crop Improvement Center (LCIC), a seed production center at Otareso in the northern district of Akuapem and inspected the warehouse of the installation integrated with a code room.
The team then visited the Ibu farms in Kwame Duodu.
The farms belonged to Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim, a former top farmer in West Akim Municipality. His farms included palm oil plantation, coconut plantation, pineapple plantation, maize plantation, cassava plantation, poultry and cattle.
The minister and his entourage visited PINORA Limited, a fruit juice processing company in Asamankese, they then visited Sahmens Farms in Adeiso which is owned by a doctor, Dr Samuel Odor Mensah.
The Sahmens farms were dedicated to the cultivation of coconut seedlings, snail farming, poultry, coconut oil palm processing, and the development of a local resort.
The team completed the tour at Total Quality (TQ) Farms owned by a female caterer, Akim Krodua, Adeiso in the Upper West Akim Municipality, and Dr. Akoto received a citation of appreciation.
Mrs. Diana Nartey, Managing Director of TQ farms, presented him with the citation for his immeasurable contribution to the growth, quality, stability and progress of the economic and agricultural sector of the Republic of Ghana.
Dr. Akoto expressed his gratitude to TQ Farms for the citation.
He said that his visit to some farms during his tour of the regions found that the country was well supplied with food and that the data presented by the regional directorates of agriculture confirmed the view that Ghana has a healthy and robust farming system that has been triggered. planting for food and employment.