Agric Minister accuses traders of overpricing, debunks reports of imminent food shortage

Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has debunked claims of food shortages in the country. According to him, the high cost of food in Ghana is a result of overpricing by traders.

According to him, the act is creating the impression of food shortage in the country.

The Minister of Food and Agriculture Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto in his final address in Dambai for his annual working visit to five selected regions in the country which took him to Western North, Western, Central, Volta and the Oti region, vehemently debunked claims of food shortage in the country.

According to him, all data analysis presented to him by the various regional agric directors points to the fact that there are plenty of foods at a cheaper cost.

He further cited an example with a presentation made by the Oti regional director of Agric, Oberien Nyarko, which indicated a tuber of yam from four yam markets in the Oti region to Accra cost GH 10 including transportation charges but he is surprised to see the price quadrupled when it gets to Accra.

He believes traders are taking undue advantage of the economic situation to make supper profits for themselves which creates an impression of food shortage.

He added that the Ministry is working assiduously with stakeholders to come out with policies to avert such attitudes from traders.

For his part, the Director of Agric in the Oti region, Oberien Nyarko shared with the media, the cost of transporting foods from the region to Accra and why he believes traders are charging outrageous foodstuffs to make super profits.

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