Ghana targets self-sufficiency in rice production

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has set a target to make Ghana self-sufficient in rice production in the next two years. The sector minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, said the government had invested in harvesters, other farming implements and brought in four different types of solar-powered milling machines from China to improve on the production chain of rice. The minister disclosed this during an interaction with farmer groups and value chain operators in the agricultural sector in the Bono, Bono East and the Ashanti regions.Tour Dr Akoto, who was on a four-day tour to those regions, also visited some farms to get first hand information on the state of the sector as the farming season had begun. During the tour, the minister met with all the regional and district directors of agriculture in the three regions, actors in the...

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The Potential Impact Of Covid-19 Pandemic On Food Security In Ghana

Food Security in Ghana

The novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease that has ravished the entire world infecting some 2.5 million people and killing over 170,000 persons at the time of writing this article. More than a third of the entire world is on either a full or a partial lockdown with most economies grinding to a halt. As health systems are stretched thin in these times, so are the food systems in most places of the planet as people scramble to stock up on essential food items. Ghana, according to the 2017 Global food security index, is among the most food-secure countries in sub-Saharan Africa topped only by South Africa and Botswana. Agriculture plays a critical role in the Ghanaian economy with an 18.27 percent contribution to the gross domestic product in 2018. As the country faces a potential Covid-19 induced...

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How To Cook Parboil Rice

Rice Cooker/Steamer Method Most packaging has an instruction on how to cook rice using the rice cooker or steamer because this is the preferred way. The rice cooker can detect when the rice is cooked and will just automatically turn itself off preventing you from overcooking it.You can add all the right proportions of the ingredients. Then 2 cups of water to 1 cup or rice into the vessel before turning it on.Cover the rice cooker and wait for 15-20 minutes for the rice to cook.When the rice is fluffy, serve it while it’s hot. Stovetop Method Add the right amount of water (2 ½ cups) into the saucepan.Set the saucepan on top of the burner and wait for it to boil. It will usually take 15-20 minutes for the water to reach a full boil. When the water is...

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