Government has initiated a campaign to rally supermarkets and foreign retail shops across the country to promote locally produced goods.
The Food and Drugs Authority has in line with this ‘Made in Ghana Display’ initiative, commenced engagements with major supermarkets and retail outlets to allocate specific sections in their supermarkets and shops for made in Ghana products.
“This is aimed at enhancing easy access to local products even in these shops and adding to efforts to deepen markets for made in Ghana products,” a statement from the government said Sunday.
Addressing journalists in Accra, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah and Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, Mrs. Delese Darko revealed that some of the targeted shops have already begun dedicating prime shelves to Ghanaian manufactured products.
“The CEO of FDA recently launched the Buy Ghana Love Ghana at the Koala Supermarket here in Accra and we want to challenge other retail shops to replicate same” said Mr. Nkrumah.
The FDA, he said, is also poised to expedite the registration of locally manufactured products to meet International standards. This will facilitate easy admission into global retail outlets both here and abroad.
Chief Executive Officer of the FDA, Mrs Delese Darko said her organisation was making every effort to assist the local industry meet international standards.
“It is worth noting at this point that, the food industry contributes hugely to the local economy and the efforts of the FDA to bring this industry to international standards and create more shelf space for it in our local supermarkets cannot be overemphasized.
“We urge the local manufacturing companies and start-ups to take advantage of this and register their products so they can equally compete on the market” she said.