Undoubtedly, the major bane of the Ghanaian economy is its continuous record of balance of payment deficits arising from the huge importation of goods as against disproportionate low exports.
Citizens can bear with the government on its importation of items such as machinery and other items the production of which requires certain special skills that cannot be found in the country. What Ghanaians find unfathomable, however, and cannot come to terms with, is the importation of food items the production of which this agricultural nation could have had comparative advantage, had it not been the ill-fated agricultural policies implemented by governments over the years.
Well, there seems to be a solution in sight: a gradual attempt by the current government to write a different narrative about the situation. President of the Republic, H. E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo, has made a revelation aimed at breathing some oxygen into the above-described situation.
In his Christmas and End of Year Address to the nation, President Akufo-Addo, unequivocally, states that Ghana finds itself in a situation where it is now exporting food to its neighbours instead of importing food – thanks to the Planting for Food and Jobs Policy. He further states that Ghana in 2016, did not import a single grain of maize into the country – assuring that same would be done for rice.
“…And we have seen this year a bumper harvest which has brought food prices down a lot. As a result of my government’s strategic support for our farmers under the programme for planting for food and jobs, our country now finds itself in a situation where it is now exporting food to its neighbours instead of importing food. This year, we did not import a single grain of maize. Soon, we will do the same for rice,” Nana Addo stated.
Ghanaians will only hope and pray that this vision comes to a reality to save Ghana from its economic woes.
Felix Nyarko Acheampong reports for vexaplusnews.com