Stakeholders Reaffirm Commitment To End Rice Importation

Various stakeholders in the rice value chain have met in Accra to reaffirm their commitment to end rice importation by 2023.

The meeting, organised by the John Ageykum Kufuor (JAK) Foundation brought together the Ghana Rice Inter-professional Body (GRIB), Ghana Commodity Exchange and the Standards Authority to discuss strategies on how to achieve the set target to guard against the practice and also to ensure rice is a sustainable venture in the country.

It also brought on board private sector groups who will be working with Ghanaian farmers by providing them with harvesters, and other logistic services.

The meeting was also to see how to support the advocacy, production, processing and marketing issues in the rice value chain.

Further, it was to proffer solutions to how the rice value chain can be  developed in the various regions for the country to attain the sustainability in rice production and also
improve the quality of rice grown in Ghana.

Speaking on the sidelines with journalists after the opening session, President of GRIB, Nana Ayeh Adjei II, disclosed that GRIB is expecting, before the end of the year, a mechanization provider company coming in to mop up the paddy rice into the warehouse to ease the issue of late harvesting.

He said the meeting is going to provide plans to how all farmers in the regions will plan to grow quality rice and get good market outlets and prices for the farmer.

Touching on Covid-19, he said it has not had any major impact in the value chain apart from the fact that it has slowed in the retail.

Consumption of local rice, he also said has gone up and want to see a higher rate.

Nana Ama Oppong Duah,  Policy Advisor of the John A Kufuor Foundation says the engagement was part of the AGRA and Kufuor Foundation project.

The project is to support advocacy, production, processing and marketing in the value chain, she said.

At the beginning of the year, the stakeholders went around the country twice to mobilize farmers at the regional level, according to her.

Due to coronavirus, the process was stopped but it’s being resumed with the help of Zoom.