I’ve sighted a viral video in which Valentina Nana Agyeiwaa popularly known as Afia Schwarzenegger has cheekily concocted statements against President Akufo Addo and Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto. Since I’m a citizen and not just a spectator, I wish to respond to some of the false statements made in the video.
Every reasonable person in this country knows that the display of such lunatic incivility is the source of Afia Schar’s livelihood and relevance in this country so I was not surprised at the extent to which the statements in the video were twisted to fuel dissatisfaction and hate, acquire the needed attention and attain her intended objective.
However, I’m hugely surprised that the “All knowing” Afia Schar doesn’t know that Ghana is the World’s largest exporter of Yam, 2021 and the second largest producer of tomatoes in West Africa. And therefore, her ludicrous demand that the Agric Minister be sacked because Ghana imports more yam and tomatoes than any other country is just a figment of her own brainless imagination. Note, the increase in the production and export of yam added $48 million to the Country’s economy as export value for yam, an increase from $38.5 million in 2018 to $48.2 million in 2021.
Also, Afia Schar’s claims that under the leadership of this current Agric Minister, our country produces nothing except importation, is not only a calculated damning agenda against Dr. Akoto but a blatant insult to the integrity of our hardworking farmers as well.
It is worth noting that, the Planting for Food and Jobs has caused an increase in production of all crops across the Country since it’s inception in 2017; with production of maize rising from 1.7 million MT in 2016 to 3.6 million MT in 2021, rice from 688,000MT to 1.2 million MT, and soya from 143,000MT to 230,000MT over the same period. In furtherance, out of the 2.6 billion invested in the PFJ for the past five (5) years, it has raked in 50 billion Ghana cedis worth of food as returns.
Admittedly, despite the economic conditions of the country has gone spiral, and as a result, a major concern of President Nana Addo, Afia Schwarzenegger should not use it as a lever to concoct and twist issues and tarnish the images of hard working people just for her profiteering. Rather, she should concentrate on her social media comedies and leave the achievements of the Agric Minister to well-informed Ghanaians to evaluate.
Source: Modern Ghana