To ease your site search, article categories are at bottom of page.

March 18, 2009

Ghana aims for rice self-sufficiency

Ghana could more than meet her rice needs and become a model in rice production in West Africa through the Aveyime Rice Project.

Mr Everett Anderson, Managing Director of Prairie Volta Limited, Managers of the Project expressed this optimism in an interview with the Ghana News Agency during a visit to the project site. He said the project could put Ghana in the position to meet the entire rice needs of the West Africa sub-region.

Anderson demonstrated mature crops of 16 rice varieties, 10 foreign and six locals, planted on small-scale research plots to identify the suitable varieties and farming procedures. He said results on all the varieties proved successful.

“We have been further encouraged by the results on the test plants undertaken and optimistic that rice can successfully be grown here,” Mr Anderson said.

He said 100 acres of rice fields have already been planted with Jasmine rice under the company’s first commercial planting, another 200 acres fully developed for planting this month and further fields were being developed for irrigation and crop management.

Mr Anderson who described the assets and equipment including the irrigation milling machines as standard, said Priarie Volta Limited planned to plant 100 acres of the 3000 acres plot every month and harvest 100 acres of the crop per month.

“We would be harvesting 100 acres of rice every month beginning June this year, out of which we expect 1,700 tons of milled rice monthly, he said.

Anderson said more equipment including those designed to work in clayey fields in the rainy season were expected in the country soon, so that production could be undertaken all year round to be able to meet set targets. He said the company would make some of its facilities including the rice mill and expertise available to private rice growers in the country and adopt an out-grower programme to advance the rice industry in the country.

Regarding difficulties rice farmers face in marketing rice in Ghana and West Africa, Mr Anderson said Prairie Volta Limited has long years of marketing their products and are prepared to sell at the prevailing market prices in Ghana and be able to break even.

He said the project would be employing about 100 people and several more directly and indirectly.

Mr Richard Amoasi-Andoh, Finance Manager said returns on the project looked positive given the plantation plans to be followed.

Some of the facilities and equipment the GNA saw included the rice mill, the 15,000 tonne capacity silo, the irrigation machine, tillers, planters, harvesters and the construction of an air strip for the aircraft that would spray chemicals and fertilizers over the farm.

The project initially called the Quality Grains Project was initiated by government over 10 years ago with a 20 million dollar foreign loan.

My Joy

Article Categories

AGRA agribusiness agrochemicals agroforestry aid Algeria aloe vera Angola aquaculture banana barley beans beef bees Benin biodiesel biodiversity biof biofuel biosafety biotechnology Botswana Brazil Burkina Faso Burundi CAADP Cameroon capacity building cashew cassava cattle Central African Republic cereals certification CGIAR Chad China CIMMYT climate change cocoa coffee COMESA commercial farming Congo Republic conservation agriculture cotton cow pea dairy desertification development disease diversification DRCongo drought ECOWAS Egypt Equatorial Guinea Ethiopia EU EUREPGAP events/meetings expo exports fa fair trade FAO fertilizer finance fisheries floods flowers food security fruit Gabon Gambia gender issues Ghana GM crops grain green revolution groundnuts Guinea Bissau Guinea Conakry HIV/AIDS honey hoodia horticulture hydroponics ICIPE ICRAF ICRISAT IFAD IITA imports India infrastructure innovation inputs investment irrigation Ivory Coast jatropha kenaf keny Kenya khat land deals land management land reform Lesotho Liberia Libya livestock macadamia Madagascar maiz maize Malawi Mali mango marijuana markets Mauritania Mauritius mechanization millet Morocco Mozambique mushroom Namibia NEPAD Niger Nigeria organic agriculture palm oil pastoralism pea pest control pesticides pineapple plantain policy issues potato poultry processing productivity Project pyrethrum rai rain reforestation research rice rivers rubber Rwanda SADC Sao Tome and Principe seed seeds Senegal sesame Seychelles shea butter Sierra Leone sisal soil erosion soil fertility Somalia sorghum South Africa South Sudan Southern Africa spices standards subsidies Sudan sugar sugar cane sustainable farming Swaziland sweet potato Tanzania tariffs tea tef tobacco Togo tomato trade training Tunisia Uganda UNCTAD urban farming value addition value-addition vanilla vegetables water management weeds West Africa wheat World Bank WTO yam Zambia Zanzibar zero tillage Zimbabwe

  © 2007 Africa News Network design by

Back to TOP