The Chief of Twifo Wamaso in Twifo Ati-Morkwa District of the Central region, Nana Fi-Agyemang II has called on government to re-establish the state farms policy to combat food crisis looming in the country.
According to him, the country has lots of fertile land, but still suffers from food insecurity.
The Kontinhene of Ati-Morkwa Traditional Council said in recent times, persons within Ghana’s food production value chain are warning of food shortage if measures are not immediately taken to resolve issues in the country by the end of the year.
Nana added that Ghana faces a potential food crisis by 2022 if the challenges facing the agricultural sector with regard to scarcity of agricultural material persist.
Nana Fi Agyemang II urged the government to as a matter of urgency attend to the needs of the agricultural sector to curb the rising food scarcity in the country.
He said the reintroduction of state farms in each district rather than the state solely depending on the individual’s farms will also be an avenue of creating jobs for unemployed.
“Previously, there was state farms in some parts of the country which helps the state (government) to store foods for future use, but now a days all those farms are no longer in existence” he said.
Nana Fi Agyemang emphatically stated that, he (Nana Fi Agyemang II) has a vast acres of land to offer the government in the Twifo Ati-Morkwa District should in case the government may need land to establish such policy for national benefit.
In Ghana about 5% of Ghana’s population (1.5 million people) suffer from food insecurity, and another 2 million people are vulnerable to food insecurity.
Food insecurity may be influenced by a number of factors including income, employment, race/ethnicity, and disability. The risk for food insecurity increases when money to buy food is limited or not available.