A female selling tomatoes in a market in Dedza, Malawi, alongside the border with Mozambique.
Farmer groups and Civil Modern society Organisations doing the job in the agric sector have elevated a purple flag about probable foods disaster soon after the coronavirus pandemic.
Whilst commending the steps put in location by President Nana Akufo-Addo to defeat the raging international pandemic in Ghana, the farmer teams and CSOs have urged him to also concentrate techniques that will boost the livelihoods of Ghanaians and avert any risk of foodstuff insecurity.
“The obstructions in the transport technique, the closure of educational facilities foremost to the halting of the faculty feeding programme that desire meals merchandise from farmers specifically, the limitations in movement of farmers in lockdown spots and slowdown in the actions of hospitality industries that need new greens and fruits from farmers impede farmers’ direct obtain to current market and could guide to postharvest losses in most perishable merchandise in rural regions,” the organisations warned in a letter dated April 6, 2020, to the President and signed by Charles Kwowe Nyaaba, Director of Programmes and Advocacy at PFAG on behalf of the organisations.
In the letter by the Peasant Farmers Affiliation of Ghana (PFAG) and the CSOs, they also provide proposals on how Ghana can minimise the impression of the pandemic on food items safety.
Although Agric Minister, Dr. Afriyie Akoto, has said “there is additional than plenty of foods in the method to just take us as a result of this extremely tough time period,” the farmer groups and CSOs in the agric sector say there is imminent danger.
They say the disruption in agribusiness pursuits which includes enter materials, assistance delivery and movement of extension officers within and outside the house the restricted zones, the ban on motion of people today which include seasonal labour migration from and to the limited locations who kind the main source of manpower demands for foodstuff output in Ghana and the quarantine actions may perhaps cumulatively impact food output.
“As farmers and organisations functioning in agriculture, we have currently taken initiatives and are operating with regional wellness authorities and group radio stations to support the public schooling on COVID-19 with personalized messages for farmers in their neighborhood dialects within picked districts.
“In addition, we are prepared and prepared to present any assistance that governing administration could need of us in specialized and other areas that are in our means to battle the pandemic,” the organisations mentioned in the statement to the President.
Other agro-sector feel tanks have also warned the govt about achievable meals security troubles put up-coronavirus and have identified as for prompt action.
Beneath is the assertion by the farmer groups and CSOs with a raft of proposals on how Ghana can reduce foodstuff stability worries soon after the pandemic.