A 1,200 acre rice farm has been cultivated at Guo in the North Gonja District of the Northern Region as part of efforts to increase domestic rice production as well as ensure food security in Ghana.
AfricaRice has promoted AGRA Rice, under the Rice Seed Scaling project, is the variety planted on the field, and it is already at booting stage when they are about to flower.
Abanga Farms, a subsidiary of A&G Agro Mechanical Industries, utilized modern mechanized techniques as well as good agronomic practices to ensure high yields.
Mr Thomas Abanga, Director of Abanga Farms, who led a team of agricultural experts to tour the farm, said he invested in commercial rice production to reduce rice importation into the country as well as ensure that agriculture contributed more to the country’s Gross Domestic Product. It is estimated that about 400,000 metric tonnes of milled rice are imported into Ghana yearly.
Director of Abanga Farms Mr Abanga said he ventured into commercial rice production to change the dynamics of agriculture in the country to prove “it can be done in Ghana” whiles bringing self-esteem to agriculture as well as the farming community.
Northern Regional Director of the Department of Agriculture, Mr William Boakye-Acheampong commended Abanga Farms for the initiative saying it would give to high rice harvest in Ghana this year.
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