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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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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