Ghanaian farmers, others, raise alarm over food security challenges after COVID-19
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Ghanaian farmers, others, raise alarm over food security challenges after COVID-19

- Groups of people have expressed fears over a possible food shortage after Ghana rids itself of the coronavirus

- Farmers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and others have claimed that there could be a threat to food security if immediate measures are not implemented

- According to them, farm products can no longer reach schools as the means of transport has been severely affected

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YEN.com.gh has learned that some people have expressed fears over a possible food shortage after Ghana has been rid of the coronavirus.

Farmers, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders have, therefore, urged President Akufo-Addo to implement strategies that would improve the lives of Ghanaians.

While commending him for the measures aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus, they also claimed there is a need to avert possible threats to food security.

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Per a report by myjoyonline.com, they drafted a letter to the presidency, saying the obstructions in the transport system and the closure of schools have led to a halt in the school feeding programme.

According to them, farmers are now unable to supply schools with their produce and this has led to post-harvest losses as most of the goods are perishable.

They further stated that the food production may be seriously affected in the wake of the disruption in agribusiness activities including input supplies, service delivery and movement of extension officers within and outside the restricted zones, the ban on movement of people including seasonal labour migration from and to the restricted regions.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has teamed up with some financial institutions to provide support for companies under the One District One Factory Initiative.

YEN.com.gh has learned that 172 companies have enjoyed GHC1.7 billion as part of the government’s industrialization agenda.

Shedding light on the details of the package, the sector minister, Alan Kyeremanteng, explained that the funds come in the form of interest subsidies or counterpart financing.

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