Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab has given the strongest assurance the country has enough food in its reserve to cater for food security needs of citizens.
Addressing a news conference in Accra on food security and pricing during the restriction period, Mr. Abdul-Wahab disclosed that his outfit currently has in stocks 10,000 metric tones of maize; 20,000 metric tones of rice; 4,000 metric tons of cowpea and 2,000 metric tons of millet.
To augment its current stocks, Mr. Abdul-Wahab said NAFCO has deployed its Licenced Buyers on the field to buy from farmers for supply into its Warehouses dotted across the country.
” There is enough to feed the entire nation. Ghana is not on its knees in terms of food and that is why I want to reiterate the point made by our sector Minister in charge of food that there is absolutely no need for panic buying and stocking of food. Just buy what you need now”, Mr. Abdul-Wahab assured.
According to him, in anticipation of emergency situations like what the country currently finds itself in, the company has been putting in place measures “to fill the national food basket”.
Earlier, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto had indicated NAFCO in particular and the agric value chain in general will benefit from a stimulus package being worked on by the Ministry of Finance to help sustain purchases, storage and supply of food.
Ghana has commenced a 14-day partial lockdown in a move to prevent the continuous spread of the coronavirus which has so far killed 5 people and affected 152 persons.