Govt outlines measures to ensure food security

BY: Ama Amankwah Baafi

The government has outlined immediate measures to enable households and farmers cope and support stable food supply in the country.

The measures include the placement of a temporary ban on grain (maize, rice, and soya) exports; and promotion of the the use of organic fertilisers and cultivation of crops such as roots which 
require less fertilizer.

The rest are monitoring of food and input prices to pick early warning signals of potential food crisis 
in order to take prompt remedial action; and finalizing of modalities for the haulage of produce from farm gates in food growing 
areas to the market centres.

The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, announced this when he presented the Mid-Year Review of the Budget Statement and Economic Policy for 2022 on July 25, 2022 in Parliament.

Speaking on the status of implementation of the government programmes, he said, the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war have combined to disrupt supply chains and increased transportation costs which are threatening food security globally.

“But, what the people of Ghana care to see is what their government is doing about it to ease the impact here,” he said.