Wednesday, 22nd September 2021
Readers may recall that, a couple of weeks ago, the former President of Ghana John Mahama stated during a radio interview that, there may be food shortages in Ghana next year if government do not take urgent measures to help farmers get farming inputs. The former president said his brother was into farming and had disclosed to him how difficult it was to get inputs including fertilizer and improved seedlings.
The initial response from the sector ministry was that, Ghana will not experience food shortages in the next five years. According to the Agric minister, there was enough grains at the buffer stock to feed Ghanaians for the next 12 months.
However, moments after that statement, the Ministry for Food and Agriculture issued a directive to ban the exportation of food products. The ministry however refused to admit that it was taking that step due to signals it was picking which predicted eminent food shortage.
Today, the minister Hon. Owusu Afriyie Akoto has responded directly to John Mahama again. The minister told Evans Mensah on PM Express on Joynews that the subsidised fertilizer was not for John Mahama'a brother. He said his ministry had put measures in place to ensure that the subsidised fertilizer go to only the poor farmers and not rich ones such as John Mahama's brother.
Asked how he got to know John Mahama's brother was rich, the NPP presidential hopeful said the former president stated in the interview that his brother had up to 400 hectares of farmlands. He said that means the man is a commercial farmer hence can get a loan from the bank to buy fertilizer from the open market.
Dr. Owusu Afriyie denied that were challenges with the weather this year. He said the rians delayed but it doesn't mean there will be food shortages. He insisted there will be bumper harvest this year. When asked how there can be bumper harvest when he had admitted the rains delayed, the minister said his competent staff told him there will be bumper harvest and I trust them.
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