Agriculture Minister Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto says his comment that one can get a bunch of plantains from between ¢3 to ¢5 was taken out of context.
The Minister in April at a press briefing said that food prices in the markets are at an all-time low, compared to 24 years ago when a bunch of plantains could be bought for ¢40.
However, Ghanaians who patronise markets in cities and towns across the country said otherwise.
It generated a lot of debate as some said he was not been truthful but on May 28, 2020, he says his words were clearly taken out of context.
“I was taken totally out of context and I am not prepared to go back to it, if you look at the records two years ago plantain prices were so low, nobody can deny that. If you want to challenge that, we are the ones who keep records of prices in the market. We have over 300 officials of the Ministry in all the markets so I can show you that at one point a bunch of plantain was indeed ¢4 here in Accra and no one can deny that, I am not prepared to drag this issue,”.
The Agric Minister last month argued that even though he does not subscribe to the control of food prices no one can complain that food is expensive in Ghana.
He believes that there is enough food on the market hence prices have even dropped in some jurisdiction.
Dr Owusu Afriyie also assured Ghanaians that there is enough food supply in the country for even though COVID-19 has slowed farming activities.
According to the Minister, due to the government’s flagship programme, Planting for Food and Jobs, the country has more than enough to take care of the citizens in this period.
When the comments were first made, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Kennedy Osei Nyarko said the comments made by Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto were misconstrued.
“…he was taken out of context…he never said presently food prices are cheap; he wouldn’t have said that. He was giving a general comment comparing food prices under the current regime to previous administrations. He would have been an insensitive person to make that statement,” he stated.