June 13, 2024
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Ghana launches rice seed roadmap to boost local production, reduce imports

The initiative aims to address the challenges facing rice production, processing, and marketing in Ghana, which has led to the country importing over 50% of its rice needs.

According to Roland Addo from the Rice Desk at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Ghana’s rice consumption rate stands at 1,450,000 metric tonnes, with a growing population and urbanization driving demand.

The challenges facing rice production in Ghana include complicated land tenure systems, poor quality seeds, limited access to credit, and poor harvesting and post-harvest management technologies. Marketing and processing face challenges such as limited access to credit, poor storage infrastructure, and expensive spare parts.

To address these challenges, the government has introduced initiatives such as Planting for Food and Jobs, which aims to increase rice production and reduce imports. The Ghana Rice Seed Roadmap will focus on improving seed quality, increasing mechanization, and enhancing harvesting and post-harvest management technologies.

The two-day workshop, organized by CSIR-SARI, brings together stakeholders from the rice value chain to share knowledge, expertise, and best practices in rice production, processing, and marketing. Ghana aims to boost local rice production, reduce imports, and ensure food security for its growing population by working together.

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