The Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association is hopeful measures put in place by the government to mitigate the impact of a likely shortage of maize locally, will yield results.
There have been hints of a likely shortage of maize in some parts of the Northern Regions.
Speaking to Citi Business News, President of the Greater Accra Poultry Farmers Association, Michael Nyarko-Ampem believes the timely arrival of some expected imported consignments will significantly address the shortage.
“We believe that if it becomes scarce, there will be a problem, but I think that there is a way of mitigating it in the sense that in December last year, the minister gave out permits for maize to be imported. So, when these imports come in, that shortage will not be a problem and the situation will be rectified.”
Maize traders in the Upper West Region last week warned of an imminent shortage of the product following a mad rush in the area.
Some of the traders who spoke to Citi Business News expressed fear that the situation may lead to food shortage if not addressed.
During the yuletide, poultry farmers raised concerns about a short supply of maize.
This later resulted in a price hike of poultry products including eggs.
The challenge amid the closure of the country’s borders, compelled government to issue permits to allow the importation of maize.
Press Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Issah Alhassan, said on the Citi Breakfast Show that the ministry anticipated an increase in maize production in the country for the year 2020, however, owing to incidents of drought and flooding, its target was not met, causing a shortage.