Rice growers in the Ati-Morkwa District have pledged to expand production in the upcoming crop season to help government achieve it target to end rice importation by 2023. Rice growers made the pledge when Ati-Morkwa District Assembly took delivery of agriculture mechanization equipment to support rice farmers to expand production. According to farmers, they will work hard to expand their farms to increase rice production in the district since they will no longer depend on their man power for cultivation. They want agriculture extension officers to work on marketing and their farm roads as they are prepared to expand their farms. Government has introduce various agricultural initiatives such as planting for food and jobs, planting for export and rural development, rearing for food and jobs are policies introduce to increase food production. Farmers were full of praise for government for the supply of the equipment.
The Central Regional Agricultural Officer, Hubert Dela Fiawo has encouraged rice farmers to expand their produce. There is large ready market for local rice production since there is no house hold where they don’t take rice. He said our local rice is even more nutritious than imported rice. According to him, they always educate farmers to ensure there is market before they encourage them to get into a particular crop production.
The Member of Parliament for Ati-Morkwa Constituency, Abraham Dwuma Odoom, said President Akufo-Addo is worried that with availability of large agricultural arable land yet the country spends billions of Cedis to import rice. Government decision is to end importation of rice by 2023. This is the reason why they are supporting farmers with