Ms Aniyinne Finela Asoke, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Asofra Plus, a Non-Government Organization (NGO) working in the Upper East Region, has called on Government to implement strategic policies to promote the patronage and consumption of Ghanaian indigenous foods.
She said the numerous government interventions including the Planting for Food and Jobs, the One District One Factory and the One Village One Dam policies, would only receive major boost when Ghanaians were encouraged to consume the food staples produced locally.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, the CEO indicated that government needed to promote locally produced foods such as rice, the early and late millets, Guinea corn, plantain, Cassava among others to boost the economy.
She said the promotion of the eating of Ghanaian indigenous foods would help improve upon the nutritional status of the Ghanaian populace particularly women and children.
Ms Asoke expressed worry about the quantum of money being used by the country to import food products such as rice and poultry meat and underscored the need for government to adopt pragmatic policies and to work with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and the hotels industries to promote the initiative.
The CEO further appealed to the government to ensure that the Ghana Education Service initiated moves to make the tertiary and technical and vocational institutions offering catering courses to inculcate the element of traditional cooking and the Ghanaian indigenous foods into their programmes of study.
She stated that a lot the illnesses recorded in Ghana could have been eliminated if Ghanaians were encouraged to consume their own locally produced food.
The CEO, who mentioned the School Feeding Programme, Senior High Schools and the prisons among some of the intuitions where the consumption of Ghanaian local dishes could be promoted, said her registered organization had trained 40 caterers on how to prepare local dishes upon request by institutions in the five regions of the north.
She stated that the 40 trained caterers had been screened by health officials and fit to prepare any local dish in Ghana for any organization, and appealed to other organizations to partner her outfit to help promote the consumption of Ghanaian dishes.