President Akufo-Addo has said, during his final State Of The Nation Address, that there is food in abundance in Ghana now because of the implementation of the Planting For Food and jobs program.
He delivered his final state of the nation address in Parliament house in Accra, Tuesday, ahead of his swearing in at the same venue on January 7.
“During this COVID-19 crisis, we have, mercifully, been spared the specter of food shortages.
On the contrary, thanks to Planting for Food and Jobs, food has been in abundance in our markets across the country.” he said.
Akufo-Addo also stated that the program has led to improvements in Ghana’s agricultural fortunes and that farmers have had their living standards improved because the program was very well executed.
According to Akufo-Addo, Ghana no longer has to import food items such as plantain and tomatoes from neighboring countries.
“We have seen the dramatic turnaround of our agricultural fortunes, due to the progressive policies that have improved the living standards of farmers in the country.
The excellently executed policy for Planting for Food and Jobs has laid the foundation for the agricultural transformation of our country.
We are able to say that our country is now a net exporter of food, and we no longer have to import basic foods like plantain and tomatoes.”
Minority Leader Haruna Iddrisu however didn’t quite agree with the president’s asserrtion that food is abundance in Ghana as he claimed a bag of corn now goes for a little over 200 Cedies, which according to him, has never happened before.