Gov’t Committted To School Feeding Programme

Vice  President The Vice President, Kwesi Amissah –Arthur has charged the managers of the national school feeding programme to ensure that the food provided to the children in basic schools, was of high quality.

He said there was a need to ensure that quality of food provided under the school feeding programme was not compromised so as to safeguard the health of the children.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur, who said this when executives of Maruha Nichiro Foods Incorporated from Japan, called on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Wednesday, gave the assurance that the government would continue to provide the needed resources to improve the implementation of the feeding programme.

Maruha Nichiro Foods Incorporated, a leading food producer in Japan, is in the country to support the school feeding programme with the provision of free fish-meat sausage for two years.

The company’s sausage product, which is said to have been approved by the Ghana Standards Authority, and currently awaiting approval from the Food and Drugs Authority, is said to contain high nutritional values for children.

According to Vice President Amissah-Arthur, the government was highly concerned about the quality of food served to the country’s future leaders under the school feeding programme, and would continue to take appropriate measures to protect the children.

He lauded the Japanese company’s interest in improvement in Ghana’s school feeding programme and assured it of the needed collaboration in that regard. By Edmund Mingle

In addition, he encouraged management of the company to set up a production plant in Ghana so as to both provide quality foods for children and generate employment for Ghanaians.

 

He, therefore, urged the company to partner local businesses to expedite action on the establishment of the local production factory.

Nobutaka Okamoto, Managing Director of the company, who led the delegation, gave the assurance that the company would build its plant in Ghana to serve the West Africa provided its product, which is a favorite food item in Japan, was accepted by Ghanaians.

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