The Ministry of Trade and Industry has extended the temporal ban on the exportation of grains for a period of 6 months. The Ministry is as such asking for support from the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Security Councils to ensure that the ban is enforced.
This was contained in a letter signed by Robert Ankobiah, Chief Director of the Ministry.
“The Ministry of Trade and Industry in its letter ref. no. DB6/118/03B dated 13th April 2022, conveyed approval of His Excellency the President to extend the temporary ban on the export of grains for a period of six (6) months, effective 1st April 2022 to 30th September 2022.”
“On account of this directive, consequential action is being taken to ensure strict enforcement at all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s). Accordingly, we kindly request your Ministry to issue the required directives to MMDA’s to take the necessary action with the involvement of the DISECS to disseminate information and intensify the monitoring of trucks carting grains from market centers to neighbouring countries.”
“We urge that prompt action is taken at all times with the involvement of the security. agencies to give full effect to the directive of His Excellency the President,” the statement said.
Emmanuel Wullingdool, Agric Policy Analyst, commenting on the issue suggested that the move may have been necessitated by the dwindling grains stock in the country.
“In my view, it’s a confirmation of the discussion we were having yesterday [that while the Agric Minister may continually talk about increased food production, that may not be the case]. That production level is not enough,” he said.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana