A member of the communication team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Elikem Kotoko has contended that the decision by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to ban exportation of food to neighboring countries has vindicated former President John Dramani Mahama.
Mr Mahama in a recent comment projected an eminent food shortage in the country, emanating from the poor state of the goverment's flagship program, "Planting for Food and Jobs" culminating in the shortage of fertilizers across the country.
This was however, vehemently opposed by the Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto who took the former president to the cleaners. Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto in a number of interviews maintained that adequate investments have been made in the agricultural sector to ensure that farmers experience a bumper harvest at the end of the season.
Surprisingly, in less than two weeks after this banter, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has gone ahead to place a ban on the exportation of food to neighboring countries. This is to curb food shortages and mitigate increasing prices.
According to Mr Elikem Kotoko, this is a clear indication that Mr Mahama was right when he indicated that Ghana is at risk of food shortages few months to come. He is therefore calling for the head of the Minister for Food and Agriculture to roll for demonstrating incompetence. He argues that the Mr Owusu Afriyie Akoto has proven to be a square peg in a round hole because he failed to institute proactive measures geared towards mitigating the situation.
Food prices continue to rise across the country amidst concerns of rising scarcity. Poultry farmers for instance have been complaining about shortage of feed for their birds. The ban on export which was announced on 15 September, 2021, is expected to lead to price stability while addressing the challenges of scarcity of food products, particularly cereals.
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