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COVID-19: Government assures Ghanaians of food security

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Government has assured Ghanaians of food security after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

According to the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Planting for Food and Jobs produced food in excess, creating the challenge of storage.

He said Government is building warehouses with one thousand metric tonnes capacity each.

The comments come in the wake of concerns raised by the Alliance for Green Revolution, AGRA, that African countries like Ghana risk suffering serious food shortages after the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Alliance cited the imposition of lockdowns and restrictions which meant smallholder farmers could not go to their farms as well as policies and funds to support farmers during the COVID- lockdown.

But speaking at the regular COVID 19 press briefing this morning, the Agriculture Minister said Ghana has produced so much food in the last three years that food exports to neighboring countries have rapidly increased.

On price hikes as a result of panic buying, Dr.Owusu Afriyie Akoto said Government is handicapped in its ability to control prices. For him, no one can complain in Ghana that food is expensive.

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