Agriculture Minister claims prices of foodstuff have reduced drastically

Agriculture Minister claims prices of foodstuff have reduced drastically

  • The Minister of Agriculture has stated that the prices of foodstuff on the market have been reduced
  • He rejected claims that food prices were escalating on the Ghanaian market
  • According to Dr. Afriyie Akoto, statistics compiled by the ministry on food prices do not support the claims being made

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Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Agriculture has stated that the prices of foodstuff on the market have been reduced drastically.

The minister rejected claims that food prices were escalating on the Ghanaian market and said the statistics compiled by the ministry on food prices do not support the claims that food has become expensive.

In a report filed by 3news.com.gh, the minister said while speaking at a media engagement in Accra over the weekend, that prices of food commodities are rather dropping.

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Prices of foodstuff has reduced drastically
Agriculture Minister, Dr, Owusu Afriyie Akoto Photo credit: Nana Akufo-Addo (Facebook)
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“The statistics that we compile in this ministry do not support that," he said.

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The minister's comments come after the General Agricultural Workers Union (GAWU) issued a warning to Ghanaians to brace themselves for increments in food prices in the country.

The General Secretary of GAWU, Edward Kareweh, said Ghana is in a harvest season but food prices were high on the market.

He projected the prices to increase in the month of January and February 2022.

Reacting to the comment, the minister further explained that apart from the one-month delay in the major rainy season in the south, the rains have been excellent.

He added that the prices of food items have reduced after naysayers, including former president Mahama predicted famine.

“ The naysayers were saying a few months ago, including the former President that there is going to be famine. In fact we are on the cusp of a major boom in food production. To the extent that, if you monitor the Tamale market for instance prices are tumbling and we are still at the beginning of the harvest.”

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Agric minister's assertion is not true

Speaking to YEN.com.gh, a food joint operator in Dansoman says whatever assertion the Agric minister was making regarding the prices of foodstuff is wrong.

According to the owner of MUSBEC tilapia, Aunty Becky said the prices of foodstuff on the market has become unbearably expensive and difficult to purchase.

She said buying in bulk has become hard because the more you want, the more you would have to pay for them.

She further explained that the price of the foodstuff has greatly affected the cost of the food she sells to her customers.

Aunty Becky however, wants the government to do something about the price of foodstuff.

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In a video sighted by YEN.com.gh, on the page of a resident of Keta, Dela Sikadzi, items such as mattresses, bags of rice, cartons of sardine, and others were presented to the victims.

According to Dela Sikadzi, the items the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), brought to the people of Keta, is nowhere near the items received by the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress.

Source: YEN.com.gh

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