President Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo has rallied Ghanaians to follow his lead by consuming local rice. According to the President, the First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo insists there’s no shortage of local rice in their home.
“Rebecca, my beautiful wife and our First Lady insists that we eat local rice at home and has made sure of this. I call on all Ghanaians to follow my example and eat local rice. Let me assure all present that government will continue to prioritise agriculture to make the sector one of the most vibrant in the country.”
Local rice production in the country stands at 460,000 metric tonnes with some 640,000 metric tonnes being imported annually.
Using his speech at the 35th National Farmers’ Day celebration held in the Volta Region to draw attention to the need to eat local rice, President Akufo-Addo said: “The success of the government’s efforts in ensuring self-sufficiency in rice production depends largely on the level of consumption of local rice”, insisting: “We must eat what we grow to motivate our farmers and support the development of the local food industry.”
The President also revealed that government has imported milling equipment from China and Brazil which are due in the country by the middle of 2020 as part of moves to provide “appreciable relief to farmers and boost the grain industry.”
By: Ekow Annan/frontpagegh