The AfricaRice, in association with the Savanna Agriculture Research Institute have trained some rice farmers in the Golinga Irrigation Scheme to yield certified seeds for improved cultivation of rice in the coming major season.
The exchange, under the Rice Seed Scaling Project (RSSP), funded by the USAID pursues to improve seed planning and connect actors along the rice seed value chain, support capacity of rice seed value chain actors, ease access to adapted equipment from seed production to storage and conditioning. The quota is also to encourage the use of quality and certified declared seed by rice farmers to raise rice production to improve their living standards.
Dr Boubakary Cisse, Rice Seed Expert & project Coordinator, who visited the rice fields with some media practitioners, expressed satisfaction about the way the farmers had embraced and adopted the use of certified seeds in the area.
He said the objective of the Rice Seed Scaling Project (RSSP), funded by the USAID was being implemented as a Technical Assistance by AfricaRice, was meant to stimulate the development of a sustainable rice seed system in Northern Ghana, in particular in the Feed the Future (FtF) ‘Zones of Interest’ in the Upper East and Northern Regions.
He said other purposes of the project included improved seed planning and connecting actors along the strengthening capacity of rice seed value chain actors, rice seed value chain, assist access to adapted equipment from seed production to storage and conditioning.
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