The recent high cost and the unavailability of plantain in the nation's capital markets, begs the question as to what happened to the much publicized two Ghana cedis and five Ghana cedis a bunch of plantain the minister of Agriculture said was sold in the markets
The minister of Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, in April this year, said at a press briefing that food prices in the markets are at an all-time low, compared to 24 years ago.
The fact at the time the minister made that disclosure was that, plantain was in season, the story in the markets were different.
Most of our elected officials once they assume office pretend not to be abreast with reality. They make up numbers and make excuses just to hide their inefficiencies.
The minister, has family, both nuclear and extended who go to the market and as someone who also comes from a farming community, he was in a position to know that, the figures presented to him by his officers, were cooked or better still massaged.
The government in 2017, in fulfillment of its manifesto promise launched Planting for Food and Jobs.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the programme is the basis of the answer to the twin-problem of the migration of youth to city centres in search of non-existent jobs, as well as an end to the disgraceful spectacle of Ghana importing food stuffs from neighbouring countries.
So far, Ghanaians are yet to see the full benefit of the programme, which was widely touted as Ghana's solution to our importation problem.
Plantain is no longer available in the market as claimed by the minister. Today three fingers of plantain is sold for Gh¢10.
What the minister said was not only unethical but morally wrong for him to make such pronouncements at a time, when most Ghanaians cannot afford a finger of plantain, not because they don't want to, but the price is too much for them to afford.
It should be noted, however, that plantain is usually in season around the time the minister made his claim.