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21.06.2005 General News

Yellow Corn is Back!

MINISTRY TAKES DELIVERY OF MAIZE The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has taken delivery of large consignments of yellow and white maize to address the current shortage of maize in the country.

The ministry imported 70,000 bags of yellow maze to be sold to poultry farmers while 600,000 tonnes of white maize were imported for human consumption.

A statement issued by the MOFA said individual poultry farmers and associations in the Greater Accra, Western, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo and the Eastern regions had obtained their yellow maize from Aqua Farms Industries Limited.

It said during a visit to Aqua Farms Industries Ltd, the deputy minister for MOFA in charge of livestock, Miss Anna Nyamkye, advised the general public not to panic because of the current shortage of maize in the country.

Miss Nyamkye indicated that when the ministry realized earlier in the year that the prevailing weather conditions could result in maize shortage, it encouraged interested companies to import both yellow and white maize to supplement the local production.

The statement said the deputy minister commended Aqua Farms and the others which responded to the appeal to import the maize.

It said it was agreed that a bag of maize weighing 50 kilogrammes should sell at ¢150,000.