Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has described as falsehood claims by a section of Ghanaians that food prices have skyrocketed in the country.

The Minister said statistics compiled by his office do not support such claims.

“That is the wrong perception. The statistics that we compiled in this Ministry do not support that,” he said at the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed members of the Irrigation Company of Upper Region (ICOUR).

Dr Akoto explained that a drought in the Southern part of the country had led to an increment in the price of specific foodstuff such as maize and not all foodstuff.

“This is our fifth year of Planting for food and jobs. Nobody complained about reducing the size of kenkey until this year because there was a drought this year in the Southern part… that affected supplies,” he stated.

“The Planting for Food and Jobs is very much alive and it is going to carry on. It is maturing; more and more farmers are benefitting. We have seen productivity which is the target for smallholders,” he added.

Source: Modern Ghana

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