Supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) are all over social media, especially facebook, posting pictures of bunch of plantains, and crediting the bumper harvest to the Planting for Food and Jobs programme.
President Akufo-Addo, at the Presidential Encounter With The Media on Wednesday, also mentioned that, we have surplus of plantain and for the first time, Ghana is exporting the crop to neighbouring countries.
In the Asian Journal of Agricultural Research, a study conducted by AA Dankyi, BM Dzomeku, F.O Anno-Nyako, Alex Adu-Appiah and Gyamera-Antwi, writing on a topic “Plantain Production Practices In The Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and Eastern Regions of Ghana”
In their conclusion, their indicated that “The month at which farmers receive highest price for their produce is between April and July as 73percent of the famers indicated so, the lowest prices fell between September and December as pointed out by 75percent of the farmers”.
We have always had bumper harvest at this time of the year; the perennial problem, has been access to market, due to the bad nature of our roads and lack of storage facilities.
Last month, we wrote an editorial in which we indicated that, price of tomatoes, had gone up, despite the government’s claim that, Planting for Food and Jobs, has been successful. In their defense, we were told that, for now the concentration of the policy is on grains.
This government and its apologists are always quick to take credit for things they have no hand in and yet will always run away from the mess they create.
We are of the opinion that, the government, must concentrate on more important stuff, prices of foodstuff are escalating by the day.
It is pertinent to point out that, some few days to the celebration of Framers Day, when the minister of Food and Agriculture said, food has never been cheap in Ghana, like it is now because of Planting for Food and Jobs, was the joke of the century.
The fact we have surplus of plantain is not as a result of any policy of the government, if they desire any credit and praise, we at this newspaper, will urge them to find market or storage facilities for these farmers, so they can get a lot out of their toil.