Bunch Of Plantain @ GH¢4: I Said That 2 Years Ago, Things Have Changed – Agric Minister

The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has said that prices of food have become expensive the world over and Ghana is not an exception.

He, therefore, said questions about the high prices of food in Ghana should be put into context.

Speaking on TV3‘s New Day on Thursday, August 11, Dr Afriyie Akoto stressed that Ghana is not experiencing food shortage as perceived and that the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative is paying dividends.

This, he stressed, has seen Ghana export so many varieties of food though imports are also being done as a result of the open market being run.

“People wrongfully say there is food shortage, there is no food shortage in Ghana,” he told host Johnnie Hughes.

“If you look at all the sectors, the agric sector stands out as the sector which is doing well.”

On his notorious assertion made in 2020 that a bunch of plantain cost between GH¢3 and GH¢5, he said: “I said that 2 years ago. Things have changed.”

But on the current price of kenkey, a staple produced from maize, he said he cannot tell for certainty as there are external factors that influence the pricing.