The COVID-19 Technical Team of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has urged government to take immediate steps to stop the suffering of the poor as a result of the increase in food prices occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The team suggested among others that the government could
release food reserves from the National Buffer Stock Company as a means to
bring down the prices of food in the country.
“A supply-side solution may be found in the strategic
deployment of reserves maintained by the National Food Buffer Stock Company
(NFBSC) to induce lower costs through price competition. The maintenance of
such retail outlets may be delegated to local governments under the supervision
of DISEC and REGSEC. The NBSC’s reserves may also be employed for a direct
nutrition assistance program to the most vulnerable communities and households
nationwide to guarantee their food security IV,” the statement suggested.
Prices of staples and other food products have been hiked by
traders in the midst of the pandemic as people have resorted to panic buying in
preparation for lockdowns and other measures to curb the virus.
The opposition NDC set up its COVID-19 Technical Team, made up
health experts, to help the government contain the pandemic.