Ghana’s government has extended the temporary export ban on cereals such as rice, maize, and soya beans.
The restriction will be extended for another six months, from April 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022.
In a letter to the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development dated May 16, 2022, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) said, “Consequential action is being taken on account of this directive to ensure strict enforcement at all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDA’s).”
MoFA also recommended that the Local Government Ministry issue the necessary orders to MMDAs, including the engagement of District Security Councils (DISECs), to distribute information and enhance monitoring of trucks transporting grains from market centers to neighboring nations.
“We urge fast action at all times with the participation of security authorities to give full implementation to His Excellency the President’s directive,” the letter said.
The interim grain restriction has been extended amid a food shortage situation caused by the Ukraine war and a poor harvest season in the country.