Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA)
Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA)

Mr Robert Patrick Ankobeah, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Friday hinted that plans were underway to build a modern complex for the Ministry.

He said the twin-tower office complex would be built to accommodate the third largest Ministry, which has 11 directorates and other agencies.

Mr Ankobeah said this during an exhibition by the Women in Agriculture Development Directorate (WIAD) to commemorate the International Women’s Day (IWD) observed every 8th March.

The United Nations 2019 theme for the Day is: “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovative for Change”.

He explained that all the offices of the Ministry were scattered and there was no proper coordination between its various directorates.

“This is not helping our organizational efficiencies and information sharing because there is no office complex to accommodate all,” the Chief Director said.

“We don’t know where to put the directors in order to give them a conducive atmosphere to deliver. All the ministries have ‘Kingdoms’ except us.”

He said work would begin soon and would last for 18 months for the workers to know the work of each other and ensure effective collaboration.

Mr Ankobeah commended WIAD for making immense contributions towards the growth of the country in spite of the challenges and urged the other directorates to emulate its performance.

He recounted that WIAD had trained so many women in nutrition, food safety and handling and encouraged women to explore the possibility of investing in those areas since food processing had become viable.

WIAD had also developed strategies in ensuring mainstreaming of gender concerns in policies and programmes of the Ministry to serve as a guide to handling sensitive gender issues.

“After 62 years, it’s a good time for Ghana to recall and boost the local economy by eating what we grow,” Mr Ankobeah said.

He called on men to make women feel celebrated as more men took part in the celebration of women, especially on the International Women’s Day, because they are their daughters, sisters, mothers and wives among others.

Ms Paulina Addy, the Acting Director of WIAD, said food intake should help deal with malnutrition for a healthy living.

Among processed agricultural products displayed were coconut oil, palm kennel oil, sweet potato buns, drinks made from corn as well as baobab oil and cereal flours.

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