The Somey Traditional Area in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region has hinted of plans to create a local buffer stock of food to guard against possible food shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Traditional Area, in a press release issued by Torgbiga Adamah III, the Makorsor of Somey, said: “Apart from its ultimate deadly implication on all of us, COVID-19 has so far had damaging economic, social and security effects on the lives of our people.”
It said it could predict food shortages and the resultant price hikes due to the closure of the Ghana-Togo Border and the lockdown in Greater Accra.
The release said, as a result, “a nine-member committee of experienced people has been set up to advice or monitor and coordinate the measures being put in place to create a local buffer stock of food to prepare for any eventuality.”
It appealed to the indigenes of Somey and other philanthropists to voluntarily support the initiative.
The release urged all to follow strictly precautionary measures such as personal hygiene and social distancing, saying; “When we work or fight together as our forefathers did, we will overcome the pandemic.”