When There Is Food And People Can’t Afford To Buy; Then There Is No Food

According to the minister of Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, since the introduction of Planting For Food and Jobs, we have had food surplus, to the extent of exporting some to our neighboring countries.

This claim was also corroborated by the president, who even went to the extent of saying, not a single grain of maize was imported into the country in 2018.

What good is the abundance of food to the people, if they cannot afford.

We have always gotten the fundamentals wrong, the disconnect between what our leaders say and the reality on the ground, has eluded many governments, which are often far from the people.

The numbers on paper might look good, but it does not speak to what happens in our markets and shops.

As a country, apart from 1983, when we had acute food shortage, there has never been any time in our recent history that, food has been in short supply.

Everything one needs can be gotten from the market, it is the purchasing power that will determine the quantity of food that one can send home.

We are of the considered opinion that, instead of patting themselves on the back, they should rather find a way of making food cheaper than it is.

It is a disturbing situation, in our opinion, that though, we have glut of foodstuff, but Ghanaians are still dying of hunger, because what is needed to buy the food is not there.

At the time government was claiming success of the Planting For Food and Jobs,  price of tomato, keeps escalating by the day.

We think that there must be a concerted effort to address the obvious disconnect, which is a growing monster waiting to devour all of us.

A hungry man is an angry man. This is a well-worn cliché. No gun or political sophistry is capable of controlling the tidal wave of a hungry and angry mob.

The high incidence of militia activities is a classical example of why we should not only boast of availability of food, but that ordinary Ghanaians are in a position to buy what is available in reasonable quantity and at the right price.

 

 

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