The National Food Buffer Stock Company has urged egg producers to work out favourable agreements with schools amid monetary challenges that have affected demand.
Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company, Hanan Abdul-Wahab, said his outfit was working with the Free SHS Secretariat to make the supply of perishable foodstuffs to schools easier.
The National Food Buffer Stock Company only stores non-perishable items.
“We have linked vegetable farmers to the schools. We have linked egg producers to the schools. We have linked cold store operators to the schools, so they can be buying as and when they need it.”
“[For] Egg producers; what we are expecting them to also do is to sit with the headmasters and have a better arrangement with them so that they can give it to them on credit.”
The poultry farms have decried the lack of demand for their products in the last few months.
The farmers have attributed this to the increase in the cost of products because of the increase in the prices of feed and other production costs.
Schools, which were steady consumers of their products, have been able to purchase eggs because of funding challenges.
Mr. Abdul-Wahab indicated that the egg producers, among others, could supply produce to schools and get paid later.
According to him, the National Food Buffer Stock Company operates in a similar manner.
“We have over 1,000 licensed suppliers on the buffer stock and they are comfortable with the arrangement, he said.
The company also plans to get some Ghanaians companies with the needed resources and capacity to be able to supply chicken products, frozen fish and eggs.
“Currently, there is a proposal before the minister of education that he is reviewing to see how best we can do this effectively because it requires a lot of technology and logistics,” Mr. Abdul-Wahab disclosed.