Ghana’s Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr. Akoto Afriyie has revealed ministry plans to make Ghana economically viable in rice production.
According to recent statistics, $1.5 billion has been spent on import of rice which caused the devaluation of the cedi. The Government can use this amount on development projects if saved.
Minister said that we need to change that flow which contributes to the devaluation of cedi. Being staple food, rice demand is also increasing day-by-day. Ghana spent $151,000,000 on purchasing rice in 2007 which further increased ten times in 2015. The ministry plan follows the appeal by West Africa UN Secretary-General and the Sahel.
Dr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas has urged Ghana to implement the Rice Intensification technology system to escalate rice production. Earlier, farmers in Mali adopted the technology to increase their rice produces and also remained successful.
He further said that Ghana can gain self-sufficiency by increasing the crop yield which will further reduce the import bill. Meanwhile, the government will provide improved seedlings to farmers for better production and expand it from Savanna to forests areas of Ghana.
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