May 22, 2024

The Minister of Agriculture, Bryan Acheampong has said reducing prices of food drastically will affect the farmers who are producing.

According to him, people are talking about making food cheap but when it happens like that it will affect the farmers and that there is the need to make reasonable food prices without affecting the producer and the consumer.

“PFJ is making sure that people have reasonably priced food without affecting the farmer because somebody is producing so when you are talking about cheap food you are affecting the farmer.” The Member of Parliament of Abetifi constituency in the Eastern Region said in an interview with GTV monitored by Elvisanokyenews.com.

Adding that the system in Ghana also makes it difficult to subsidize farmers in their production so the best way is to find innovative ways of dealing with it.

“You can subsidize but if you are in a country like Ghana, you can’t continue on that trajectory, so you need to find innovative ways of dealing with it. I mean we don’t print our own money as you know so you can continue to throw money in there to produce for people to consume without a return in productivity. It doesn’t work like that in even basic economics.” He said.

He indicated that the NPP government has initiated social intervention called Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) to find a way to make the market actors produce at the price that will benefit  the farmer and benefit the consumer.

“So you have to find a way to make the market actors produce at the price that will benefit the farmer and benefit the consumer and that is what PFJ 2 seeks to do”.

Source: Elvisanokyenews.com

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