Ghanaians are served with affordable food prices despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on the economy—-MOFA praises govt for PFJ
The Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has condemned assertion that prices of food has increased during the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country.
According to him, the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) policy and other agricultural policies implemented by the government had rather made food prices reduce drastically on the market despite the pandemic.
Addressing journalists at Meet The Press held today in Accra, Mr Akoto mentioned that the PFJ at Gomoa Fete had promoted food Security and enabled Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) which in turn has made the country benefit from cheap and excessive produce in the country.
The policy, he stated addressed the declining growth of the country’s agricultural sector, thus has secured the foods for the citizenry to patronise food stuffs for affordable price.
“Four years ago, you have to buy a bunch of plantain for Ghc40 but now with Ghc3 to Ghc6, you can get some. This shows how PFJ has helped us to get affordable home grown foods,” Dr Akoto added.
He noted that families who could not afford one meal a day could now afford three meals a day, stressing that “food is so cheap and we will continue to deliver on our mandate to ensure more foods at cheaper prices for some areas in order to make lives easy for every Ghanaian.”
Dr Akoto stated that through PFJ lots of Ghanaians have gained jobs and could fend for themselves.
“We are talking about three million producers of farm produce, hundreds of thousands of traders, small and large, and lots of market women and men, all of them want their foodstuffs to be bought so they reduce prices.
“I do not think anybody can complain in this country that that food is expensive,” he added.
The Minister’s argument came in response to a recent complain filed by Ghanaian concerning the astronomical increase of prices of foodstuffs on markets of lockdown areas.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE