Governance Lecturer at the Central University, Dr. Benjamin Otchere Ankrah has questioned Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto for his introduction of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ)’ market.
He says, the PFJ market is not necessary as it fails to deal with the real problem facing Ghanaians.
According to the lecturer, the effort is not a well thought through one and leave a lot of questions on the mind of the Ghanaian.
He believes not only is this unsustainable, but also says a lot about how serious we are as a country in dealing with issues such as food prices.
As part of the efforts to control prices of food items, the Minister introduced a PFJ market at the forecourt of the Ministry to make food items available and affordable to Ghanaians.
The initiative which started on Friday, November 11, with bunches of plantain aimed at cushioning Ghanaians in the face of food price hikes in the country.
The Ministry has meanwhile, expanded this initiative to include cabbage, yams, carrot, pepper, spring onions, cucumbers and rice.
Some have however described the project as “unsustainable”.
Reacting to this on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo‘, Dr Otchere Ankrah questioned the sustainability of this project.
“Are we serious as a country? Selling plantain at the Ministry? So will those at Dodowa, East Legon go to the ministry to buy the plantain? Let the system work if any . . . what I’m seeing is cosmetic. Will the Minister for Fisheries also start selling Koobi . . . ? What at all is happening . . . let’s be serious a bit . . . ” he said.