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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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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Eat Ghana Rice – President Akufo-Addo appeals

President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated his appeal to Ghanaians to consume local rice to help maximise profits of farmers, grow the economy and lead to self-sufficiency. He explained that government had an elaborate plan to make the rice value chain run smoothly, but such plans could work if the public responded in consuming the staple that was produced locally. The President who made the appeal on Friday at a media encounter at the Jubilee House in Accra gave a signal that once the production increased the government would ban rice importation. To back the appeal with action, he said a directive has been given to all state institutions, including the Jubilee House, to only buy locally-produced rice. “I’ve directed all the state institutions and government agencies to use Ghanaian produce, Ghanaian rice”, the President told journalists at the Jubilee House...

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