GAWU warns against low agric output, high food prices in 2023

General Agricultural Workers' Union

The General Agricultural Workers’ Union (GAWU), has warned against Ghana experiencing low agricultural output and food prices going up in 2023 as the Government reduces fertilizer subsidy.

General Agricultural Workers' UnionIn previous years, Ghana’s fertilizer subsidy had been about 50 per cent, but Government has this year announced a 15 per cent subsidy and has further indicated that the subsidy would not be more than half of what was supplied last year.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Edward T. Kareweh, General Secretary, GAWU, said the reduction would lower food production and cause a spike in food prices next year.

He said, “you reduce subsidy on what people cannot afford? What do you think would happen to Agriculture? By the end of the year agriculture output would be low and food prices would go up in 2023,” he said.

Mr Kareweh said, “the decision by Government was a disservice to the agric sector at the time the price of fertilizer had doubled, and farmers are not able to afford it.

He questioned the logic behind the decision saying, “the Government should not reduce subsidy at this time. What is the essence of the subsidy? What economic logic is this? I don’t understand the logic of it.”

The General Secretary urged the Government to continue to support the Ghanaian worker but must be diligent in giving out stimulus packages.

“Government must not give out support in general. It must look at how a particular institution has been able to save the jobs for its workers and how sustainable their operations are,” he said.

Some analysts and industry players have predicted that the reduction of the subsidy this year would result in farmers reducing the quantity of fertilizers and the size of farms to cultivate, which would lead to low output in 2023.

By Patrick Ofoe Nudzi, GNA


  1. This is quite unfortunate though but Mr.Karewa should know better now having gotten to know the implications of this unstable global economy of late..
    One thing to note.. The minister, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto will not just stand up and say subsidy has been reduced.. probably it is due to something… There are sometimes decisions may favour them.. but if it don’t favour them.. they should speak to people how the matter is rather than talking about the problem which in one way or the other turns to paint leaders black to the people which shouldn’t be the case..

    This is globally and we are in together..

    When they were enjoying… they didn’t commend the government… little shock which is even globally and they are all over the place… eeii


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