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Food has never been this cheap in Ghana – Agric Minister

The Minister says the agricultural sector has been given a huge boost due to the implementation of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme by the Nana Addo government.

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The Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, believes the Planting for Food and Jobs programme has made food very cheap in Ghana.

According to him, the agricultural sector has been given a huge boost due to the implementation of the programme by the Nana Addo government.

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To this end, the Minister said there has been abundant production from farmers, adding that food has never been this cheap in the country.

Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto play

Minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto

 

“Food has never been so cheap in Ghana for so many years, we have facts and network data of prices from years before we initiated planting for food and jobs and we have been tracking both the retail and wholesale prices in the market for some time, we can confidently say food is now very cheap in Ghana,” Dr. Akoto told Accra-based Asempa FM.

The Agric Minister said the government is ready to support local farmers in order to increase their yield.

He revealed that between January and September this year, Ghana recorded an increase in local maize production which ensured that the country imported no maize.

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He also disclosed plans to stop importing rice into the country within the next four to five years.

According to him, the government is already working hard to ensure that rice imports are reduced drastically.

“We import about a billion dollars of rice into the country and we are determined that within the next four to five years, that should come to an end because we need that foreign exchange to develop our country by building the roads, hospitals, schools among others and not to use it to import things that our farmers are producing and giving jobs to foreign farmers,” the Agric Minister added.

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