Agricultural Minister , Dr Owusu Afriyie holds a strong position that no one can complain of high prices of food in Ghana .
According to him , there is enough food on the market hence prices have even dropped in certain areas .
He said it amid calls from a section of Ghanaians that the government must step in to control the prices of food as there seems to be a a rice ever since the pademic surfaced.
He added that, he does not believe in controlling the prices of foods because it creates an environment for the misallocation of resources.
He said ; “Unfortunately I am not a believer in controlling prices, it creates an artificial environment for misallocation of resources and that is a very simple economic reason why I don’t subscribe to it. In any case, we are talking about 3 million producers of farm produce, thousands of traders small and large, and in the markets, you see the large numbers of these traders, how do you go around and control prices? I think that an open pricing system that is being followed by the gov’t shows the kind of confidence we have that we will be able to supply food to the market for consumers at a very reasonable price. I don’t think anybody can complain in this country that food is expensive”.
He believes that even though the pandemic has affected farming , the Government’s flagship program , planting for food and jobs Has made available more than enough food to feed Ghanaians through this pandemic