Nitrogen-able rice and biological resistance cowpea has been developed by Savanna Agricultural Research Institute and the Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to help Ghana gain annually GHc8000 million.
Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) has presented an economic assessment which showed that Ghana stood to earn GHc230 million annually if she adopted the nitrogen efficient rice as the crop was drought resistant and utilized its nitrogen from the atmosphere making it to do well.
Research Associate at FARA Dr Paul Boadu said “We noticed that most of the rice produced in Ghana is plain rice but due to climatic change and drought effects, they are unable to do well but the nitrogen efficient rice is actually highland rice that does well in lowland areas as well.”
On Friday in the Northern Regional Capital, as part of the ongoing Agric Fair he was interacting with journalists, fair opened in Tamale kick-starting activities towards this year’s National Farmers’ Day celebration, December 07.
Open Forum on Agricultural Biotechnology in Africa (OFAB) organized this interaction with the journalists, which is one of the institutions that have their produce, products and activities on display at the ongoing Agric Fair.
Research Associate at FARA, Dr Boadu said adopting this new rice would offer a lot of benefits to farmers as their incomes would improve whiles consumers also stood to gain as prices would reduce making them save money.
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