Although the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is worried about the rising cost of food, it claims it can do nothing to address the problem.
It attributed the increases to variables outside its control, such as the availability of fertilizer, the price of agricultural inputs, and the cost of transportation.
The nation’s food costs continue to rise, prompting worries about the government’s ineffective efforts in this area.
Bagbara Tanko, the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, explains that the rise in food costs is due to a multitude of variables over which the government has no influence.
The most recent statistics from the Ghana Statistical Service’s (GSS) Consumer Price Index (CPI) indicate that although inflation for food and non-alcoholic drinks was 26.6%, inflation for non-food items was 21.3%.
The April 2022 food inflation rate of 26.6 percent is more than both the March 2022 food inflation rate of 22.4 percent and the average of the preceding twelve months (13.5 percent ).
Bagbara Tanko asserts that the government’s agricultural programs, such as Planting for Food and Jobs, have had a “significant influence” on guaranteeing a stable and sufficient food supply.
About a month ago, the association of peasant farmers released a communique asking for the governme
“As a Ministry, our concern is whether food is available on the market. Which is true, but the price rises make it very impossible for us to maintain control,” he added.
But why are food costs so high that the Agriculture Ministry cannot control them?
“Factors such as the cost of inputs and fuel, as well as the global impact of COVID-19, have impacted the supply of fertilizer; therefore, if the cost of production rises for the farmer and the quantity of fertilizer that can be obtained, even through the subsidized program, is reduced, and the cost of inputs is high, then the farmer should at least break even.”
Bagbara Tanko noted that the most excruciating aspect is that the majority of intermediaries travel to farm gates in search of reduced pricing and then have to convey the goods to marketplaces.