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Excess food imports destroying agriculture in Ghana

Staff Writer |
Ghana's Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP), has accused the Mahama-led government of making the country more dependent on food imports as the agricultural sector has been neglected, which has seen unprecedented negative growth in the history of the country.

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According to the Minority Party, since the current NDC government took over power in 2008, food imports have sharply risen from $344 million to a staggering $2.3 billion.

The NDC government has been accused of slashing the budget for the agriculture sector every year, thereby affecting the performance of the sector badly.

The minority spokesperson on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs, Owusu Afriyie Akoto said the total $2.3 billion of food imports represents only rice, sugar, poultry, fish, wheat, vegetable oil, vegetables and salt.

“These imports are competing directly with local production under trade conditions which are putting our local farmers, fishers and overall food security at risk,” the spokesperson said.

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