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Agric Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto says Ghana has enough food in store despite the outbreak of COVID-19.

This comes on the back of fears that the devastating effects of the disease could lead to food insecurity.

At a press briefing in Accra today, Thursday, April 23, 2020, the sector minister said the country has sufficient stock to take care of any possible shortage.

“In the few days before the lockdown, the instant hike in prices, and people falling over themselves in the market to get stocks to their homes, I did say there is no need for it because we have plenty of food. The success of planting for food and jobs have been so instant that the problem that we are facing in this country since 2018 has been how to manage the surplus because, the Ghanaian farmer has proven beyond doubt that with the right support from the government, they will deliver and they are delivering. They are providing surpluses which are increasing every year. That has been the trend in the last three years,” Dr. Afriyie-Akoto said.

The Minister further noted that Ghana is currently engaged in expectations to its neighbours saying there are plans of venturing into the processing of some of the products to enable them last longer on shelves.

He said currently, about 19 food items were being exported to countries such as Nigeria, Niger, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Togo, and Mali.

“Ghana has suddenly become a food basket where we are sending about 19 different food items to a lot of our West Africa neighbours,” Dr. Afriyie-Akoto said.

 

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