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The Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has claimed there is a major boom in food production that has led to prices of foodstuff falling suddenly in the Tamale Market.

“There has been a major boom in food production to the extent that when you monitor the Tamale market, prices are tumbling.” the Agric Minister claimed.

The minister also disputed claims that food prices in the country have skyrocketed.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed members to the Irrigation Company of Upper Region (ICOUR), Dr Akoto stressed that data available in his outfit does not support the increment claims; thus, “it is a wrong perception.”

Ghana in recent months has witnessed a sharp increase in food prices, including stable produce like beans, maize and millet.

As some have attributed the increment to the hike in fuel prices, others believe it is the currency’s depreciation.

But the government insists that food prices have not increased.

According to Dr Akoto, government’s flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs, has been successful so far.

However, citing kenkey and explaining why the price of maize has increased, the Agric Minister said there was a “heavy drought” in the southern part of the country in 2020.

Therefore, affecting the production of the cereal crop and other foodstuffs this year.

“People forget these things very easily, but the drought is what has affected supplies. Fortunately, this year, apart from the one-month delay in the major season rains in the south, the rains have been excellent,” he responded.

Story: Mumuni Yirifa Yunus I Justicefmonline |Tamale with additional information from Myjoyonline

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