- The Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has claimed that food prices in Ghana are cheap despite the COVID-19
- He said government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme has created a food surplus in the system
- The Agric Minister also said Ghana has enough food in store despite the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana
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Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has stated that food prices in Ghana are relatively cheaper despite the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus in the country.
Due to the COVID-19, there were unreasonable hikes in the prices of foodstuff in the markets.
Addressing the alleged price hikes at the press briefing, Thursday, April 23, 2020, Dr. Akoto said government’s Planting for Food and Jobs programme has created a food surplus in the system.
“The hike in food prices, I think we all recognize that only four years ago, a bunch of plantains, you had to spend GHS40 but now with GHS3 to GHS6, you can get a bunch of plantains. It shows you clearly that we have come to reduce prices of food even in the major cities like Accra where there is substantial rushes in the markets,” the Minister noted.
The Agric Minister also said Ghana has enough food in store despite the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana.
Although he didn’t state the period Ghana’s stock could last for, he said farmers in the country continue to produce enough, with the support of the government.
This move forms part of the Church's Corporate Social Responsibility to help the government fight the novel coronavirus disease which has plagued the whole world.
According to a Joy News report, some portions of the 250-acre facility will be converted to accommodate patients of the infectious virus.
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