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JAKF, Partners Celebrate Ghana Rice Festival 2019

The John A. Kufuor Foundation and other partners have celebrated the Ghana Rice Festival 2019 to promote the consumption of Ghana rice.

The festival organized in collaboration with the Ghana Rice Inter – Professional Body (GRIB) had the objective of celebrating Ghana’s flourishing local rice industry.
It was used to showcase various high quality, produced-in-Ghana rice brands. The occasion was also used to encourage Ghanaians to consume more Ghana rice brands.

Chief Executive Officer of the John A. Kufuour Foundation Prof. Baffour Agyeman – Duah told the ceremony Ghana is on course to becoming a major rice exporter soon. “We are all looking forward to 2023 when Ghana can start exporting rice. Ghana rice is more nutritious than a lot of the rice we import… We hope that in the near future, the government will make sure that Ghana rice is what feeds all Ghanaians,” he said.

“We believe that very soon, with the right support and direction, Ghana will no longer import rice. All of us should cooperate. It is important for government to give attention to the needs of rice farmers which they are doing now but should do more,” Prof. Agyeman – Duah added.

“The vision is simple. Ghana has good land and good water bodies. If we decide to produce rice, we can be a major exporter of rice. It doesn’t make sense to continue importing rice into the country and spending hugely. So, the former president (Kufuor) is urging us all to support government to help make the country self-sufficient in food production,” he concluded.

Chief Director at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture Robert Patrick Ankobeah said; “Ghana rice is just amazing.” He added that the Ghana rice sector is crucial to help achieve the president’s “Ghana beyond aid agenda.”
“We are targeting self-sufficiency in rice by 2020. From the way things are going, we could even achieve it earlier,” he said.

President of the Ghana Rice Inter-Professional Body (GRIB) Nana Adjei Ayeh expressed gratitude to government and other agencies for their support to the local rice sector. “Government wants us to help ensure that Ghana gets a formidable advocacy platform in the rice sector. It is great for the sector… Our Ghana rice is the best…,” he said.

MOFA, Intervalle, Hopeline Institute, Sparx farms, Volta City Farms and CalliGhana supported the event.