Ghana is actively taking steps to become self-sufficient in rice production in the next three years, the country’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture has revealed.
The sector minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto said the West African country has spent about US$3 billion, in the last three years, to import rice, which he described as unacceptable.
Given that Ghana has the potential to produce the grain for both domestic consumption and export, Dr. Akoto said the huge revenue, which goes to ‘strengthen’ other economies, “is a wasteful use of resources,” and could be channeled to other critical sectors of the economy.
The Minister, who spoke during a tour to some parts of the Ashanti Region as part of his nationwide inspection of projects under the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ (PFJ) initiative, said areas identified in the Ashanti and Central Regions to be fertile for rice production will be brought under the PFJ, to boost domestic rice production.
To ensure that farmers are not shortchanged, he noted that the National Buffer Stock Company will purchase the rice from the farmers.