The Chamber of Agribusiness Ghana has called on government to enact a Food Bill that will control the supply and pricing of food commodities in the country.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Anthony Morrison, the bill when passed into law will curb the incidence of high food pricing during emergency situations like the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
His comment follows fears of food insecurity in parts of the country due to the pandemic.
In an interview monitored by ABC News, the Agribusiness boss said: “The prices keep going up, so our supply chain is such that if we can actually take out the aggregator and take out the transporter and breach the farmer to the market, then the citizens will be able to buy food at a more affordable price.”
Describing the food security in the country as unacceptable looking at the vast farmlands available for food production, the CEO of the Chamber said the government should as a matter of urgency begin to work on a law that will control market prices for food items.
He noted that this will help farmers get direct access to major markets in the country and supply food at cheaper costs for consumers.
“If we can introduce the Food Bill system into our operational areas; pricing and other things, incentives, support systems, and support mechanisms that are sustainable, then you’ll be able to continuously peg prices at a very minimum price.”
The Chamber further predicted an increase in food prices in the next couple of weeks if the pandemic continues.