As Reports Indicate a Shortage of Rice on the Local Market, President Weah Inspects Warehouses; Assures that the Price of Rice will Never Increase Under his Leadership

Addressing journalists at Supplying West Africa Traders (SWAT) on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, President Weah said some citizens are misleading the public by claiming the country is short of stable food.

According to the Liberian leader, Liberians must withdraw from dissemination of information that is not authentic to the public.

A few weeks ago, local rice merchants held a peaceful protest to get the government’s attention so that it could intervene quickly.

The Liberian leader said that with rice being the stable food of the country, prices are not to be high on the market.

He added that rice is a surplus in the country and the price issued to various dealers in the country by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry remains constant.

President Weah warned that any importer caught raising the price of rice above that set by the government, will face repercussions.

The Liberian leader also expressed disappointment at what he called lies spread by some journalists about the lack of rice on the local market.

Meanwhile, the General Manager at the Supplying West Africa Traders (SWAT), George Nabin said there is a surplus of rice in the country, adding that the information circulating in the public concerning the shortage of rice on the market is false and misleading.

For her part, Commerce and Industry inspector general Josephine Davis claims that 1,099,000bags of rice have been imported into the country over the past two months.

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