A decision has been taken by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to open a market and sell foodstuff within its premises to people in Accra.
The ministry revealed that these foodstuffs that will be put up for sale will be coming directly from the farms for the price of the items to be cheaper.
The sector Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto revealed this during a meeting with farmers at Sefwi Wiawso in the Western North Region.
“We are going to link up with the farm gate so that we make all the arrangements to ensure that we put up kiosks on our compounds at the ministry, specifically for food from here [Sefwi Wiawso] and we are going to give it a lot of publicity,” the minister announced.
Inflation in September in Ghana stood at 37.8% with transport reaching 43.6% while inflation on cereal products such as maize stood at 46%.
In the last two weeks of October, prices of goods especially food products tripled with others going up even more in response to the depreciation of the Cedi and the increase in petroleum products prices.
Traders have constantly been criticized by the Minister for deliberately increasing the products. To him, overpricing by traders caused inflation rather than food shortages.