Over the past weeks Liberians have been alarmed of the scarcity of the nation’s staple food, RICE, as business people were reportedly concealment the product aimed at profiteering at the hands of the majority.
But addressing the Ministry of Information regular press briefing at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry at the Ministerial Complex on Saturday, September 4th, 2021, the Minister of Commerce and Industry, Mawine G. Diggs told journalists that the information regarding the scarcity of rice on Liberia market is false and misleading.
She called the business people to desist on creating artificial scarcity of RICE on the Liberian market, and further warned that anyone caught doing so will face the full weight of the law.
The Minister also disclosed that as of next week, inspectors from the ministry will be dispatched to various business establishments to counter check on those who are reportedly in the habit creating artificial scarcity of the nation’s staple food.
“We will be robust this time in arresting those who will be caught in this act; by creating artificial scarcity of RICE on our market. Inspectors have been ordered to visit all business centers throughout the country in order to make sure that such ugly situation will not take place,” Minister Diggs in a rather serious tune warned.
She said engagements are been held between importers and her ministry aimed making sure that all is arranged for the supply of enough rice on the Liberian market, noting, “As I speak we have enough RICE at the Port of Monrovia ready to be distributed to various stores and shops. There is no RICE shortage in Monrovia,” she further echoed.
Also speaking at the press briefing, the Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Ledgerhood Rennie, called on the Liberian media to help in sending out positive messages that would debunk these negative information on the reported scarcity of the nation’s staple food, RICE.
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