Ghanaians have been urged to buy locally grown rice this Christmas, on other festive occasions and for everyday consumption in order to give greater impetus to the agriculture sector.
Apart from saving Ghana millions of foreign exchange, increased patronage of locally grown rice would bolster production efforts, lead to increased investments, impact positively on the local economies of rice-growing areas and help achieve Government’s objective of ending the import of rice by 2024.
The Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, made the call in Ho, Volta Region on Monday 2nd December 2019 when he opened a one-week Agricultural Fair as part of activities marking this year’s Farmers Day celebrations.
“We are encouraging everybody to eat grown in Ghana rice. So for this Christmas, as you go out to buy your rice, please make sure you are buying rice which is grown either in Aveyime or Bolgatanga or Tono or somewhere in Ghana. Let’s buy and eat made in Ghana rice,” he urged.
Vice President Bawumia reiterated the commitment of the Nana Akufo-Addo administration to the agriculture sector, evidenced by the implementation of policies and programmes such as the various modules under the Planting for Food and Jobs concept, as well as increased supply of seeds, fertilisers, farming implements and Agriculture Extension Officers.
“It is obvious that since assuming the reigns of office, the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been walking the talk of its promise to maximize the enormous potential of agriculture. This agenda is being aggressively pursued with the support and partnership of the private sector and international community.
“We are doing a lot to modernize agriculture, improve productivity and to give agriculture the dignity that it deserves.