The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Food Buffer Stock Company Limited (NAFCO), Hanan Abdul-Wahab, has outlined a series of important achievements of the company in the last four (4) years.
NAFCO, which operates under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), partners with farmers to ensure that their farm produce yields the desired benefits.
The company, amongst other things, ensures a balance in the production and distribution of farm produce.
Speaking on “Akuafo Mmmre Nie”, an agriculture discussion programme on Net2 TV, the CEO explained that the Buffer Stock concept is intended to make market accessible to farmers and ensure the stabilization of prices as well as demand and supply of farm produce.
He added that all public Senior High Schools (SHSs) in Ghana are now supplied with local rice.
Touching on the important role the Planting for Food and Jobs project, Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab indicated that it has led to an increase in production and a fall in the price of fertilizers used by farmers.
He again revealed that NAFCO teams up with stakeholders to determine the bench prices so that farmers can enjoy subsidies and profits with the cost of production and the cost of agricultural equipment as key considerations.
He also lauded the government’s 1 District – 1 Factory agenda, saying it has rekindled the hope for an industrialized Ghana.
Hanan Abdul-Wahab is known to often embark on unannounced visits to Senior High Schools in order to determine the quality of food served to students.
In his opinion, the Planting for Food and Jobs project has been a huge success since its inception and has immensely contributed to NAFCO’s success in the past four years.
By Michael Hammond