Issah Alhassan Ridwan, press secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, says the Ministry has thought of including maize to the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) market.
Speaking in an interview on JoyNews’ The Pulse on Monday, Alhassan Ridwan said maize will be on the market by subsequent week.
“The plan to introduce maize is on the line. It is seriously being considered. By next week when the consignment moves from Techiman to Accra, you would find maize in there,” he said.
He added that other foodstuffs that go onto the common Ghanaian desk every day resembling beans, gari and many others are additionally being thought of.
This comes against the backdrop of patrons of the PFJ market calling on the government to introduce selection within the foodstuffs made obtainable.
According to them, plantain isn’t the one commodity they eat.
“Bring rice, spinach (kontomire), cocoyam, yam, why have you brought only plantain without others?” they demanded.
According to the Agric Minister’s spokesperson, “There have been several calls to introduce a variety of foodstuffs into the market and that “is what we are doing.”
He explained that plantain was dominant as a result of the Ministry focused to provide food that was pricey within the capital.
Responding to whether or not the PFJ market is directed to kill the market of petty traders, Mr Alhassan Ridwan noted that the Agric Ministry doesn’t need to take the business of promoting from the market ladies, nevertheless, the current effort is an emergency measure due to food worth hikes.
He additionally said that the Ministry can also be partaking within the PFJ market to show the provision of foodstuffs.
“What we are doing is only as a Ministry to facilitate the trading for these people who ordinarily may have used market women or middlemen somewhere along the line. This time around, we want to do a linear market straight from the farm to the Ministry and then the Ministry will use its institutions to market it for them.”
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