The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) is to assist the Eastern Area to intensify rice generation to make Ghana self-ample in the staple within the up coming three several years.
This was declared by the Minister of Foodstuff and Agriculture, Dr Afriyie Akoto, in Koforidua at the end of his five-day tour of the Bono, Bono East, Ashanti, and Jap areas.
The tour was to help find the consequences of the COVID-19 on the implementation of the Planting for Food items and Positions (PFJ).
He expressed appreciation to the significant amount of farmers engaged in rice cultivation in the Area and said his workplace experienced imported products including planters, cultivators, and harvesters for modest scale rice cultivators.
Dr Akoto explained the Jap Location was not known amongst rice manufacturing regions and was delighted about the inroads made in cultivating the staple just after assembly with rice farmers and processors in the Area.
He reported his tour disclosed that the Planting for Foodstuff and Task programme was on training course and experienced not been influenced by the COVID-19 directives in terms of focus on set for seed and fertilizer supply and the selection of farmers engaged in the programme.
Dr Akoto explained in long term, the Ministry would independent agreement for source of seeds from that of fertilizer to make certain that farmers got them at the proper time and in the right portions.
The Ministry would not tolerate the try by some contractors of seed to cheat the technique by diverting subsidised seeds to offer at the open up industry, he cautioned.
Mr Francis Adzalo, the President of Seed Producers Affiliation of Ghana, appealed to the MOFA to assist area seed producers to create substantial yielding hybrid seeds to cut down the country’s dependence on imported kinds.