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Ghana gets $100 million from food exports – Agric Minister

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The Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has revealed Ghana got $100 million from food exports in 2019.

According to him, the 19 food items including rice, plantain and yam were exported to neighbouring African countries like Nigeria, Niger and Burkina Faso.

The Agric Minister revealed this in an interview on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Friday.

He attributed this feat chalked to the government’s flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs.

He stressed that the first three years of the programme reduced the prices of foodstuff in Ghana drastically.

This, he stated, is the reason for the huge profits government made in exporting foodstuff to neighbouring African countries.

He said: “20 to 30 trucks of plantain from Agogo in the Ashanti Region are exported to Burkina Faso every day.”

The Agric Minister noted that the farmers now have a market in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou to get closer to their customers.

Dr Akoto expressed worry about claims that there is a food shortage when in fact the situation is different in other regions.

“It is only in Accra that people are crying about high food prices, the situation is different in Kumasi, Bono and Tamale,” he added.

Source: adomfmonline.com

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