By: Jay Garbrah
Day four of the Planting for Food & Jobs, PFJ Market was at the fire service station at Makola following plans to extend the PFJ to other areas. There was a mad rush for the food items with authorities finding it hard to control the crowds.
The PFJ Market initiative was set up by the ministry of agriculture to augment the rising food prices and inflation that have adversely affected the purchasing power of consumers. Food items include plantain, rice, yam and cocoyam.
Before moving to Makola, the PFJ Market sold these food items to civil and local government workers at the forecourt of the agric ministry. Here at Makola, the notable difference is the fact that only plantain is being sold at the moment. Going for 10, 15 and 20 GHC, its affordability made crowd control impossible at times, with many customers ignoring the barriers.
A Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Mr. George Oduro said the PFJ has recorded overwhelming success, and the general outcome of implementation has been very positive and inspiring.
GBCNEWS visited some market centres to gauge the reaction of traders regarding the PFJ Market. For some, the information did not get to their destination, others too say it’s a good initiative the government has taken it upon to support some civil and government workers, especially in this economic crisis.