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Free SHS: Buffer Stock Company To Purchase More Maize And Rice For Students

The National Food Buffer Stock Company is expected to boost local maize and Rice production 2019/20 as it is set to purchase more of these food suppliers to schools under the free senior high school (SHS) policy.

A total of 265,160 bags of Maize (100kg) and 638,834 bags of (100kg)  are expected to be purchased from farmers under the Planting for Food and Job program.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO), Alhaji Hanan Abdul-Wahab, disclosed this at Town Hall meeting in Techimam of the Bono Region said the increase in purchase will also boost other food process such as Gari,Tonbrown,Cocoa powder and Palm oil.

Other food to be purchase for SHS students by NAFCO are 23,270 bags of Soyabean (100kg), 94,014 bags of white beans(100kg),69,746 bags of Peanut (100kg) and 43,376 bags of  Millet (100kg).

He added that,a total of 780 food suppliers are licenced to carry out 18 different food commodities to Schools.   

On 05-10-2018, The National Food Buffer Stock Company has revoked the licences of 70 food suppliers to schools under the free senior high school (SHS) policy.

The affected suppliers either supplied poor quality food items or were unable to supply food items to the schools as expected.

NAFCO had the mandate to supply food items to the schools but currently it had given the suppliers charge of perishable food items supply.

Source: Kofi Atakora/Joydaddymultimedia.com

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