According to sources, it has been reported that the Ghana has inland valley and waterlog areas which are suitable for large scale production of rice, however support to boost its productions has not been forth coming. It has been described that the increasing demand for local rice, call for serious attention to be given to the production of the staple in the country but the question is that is it possible that whether our farmers are in the position to produce enough rice to feed the country. Further, it has been stated that one may need a capital of about GH¢1,500.00 to cultivate one hectare of rice, according to a rice farmer Mr Kojo Ntim. While, speaking in an interview, it has been narrated that from one hectare rice farm at Abenase in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality, Mr. Kojo Ntim noted that rice farming is a lucrative venture and implored his fellow farmers in the country to go into.
Further, in this matter it has also been disclosed that, the land was leased to him for two years at the cost of Gh¢ 200.00 to cultivate the rice, aside the land acquisition, labour and other logistics cost him Gh¢1,500.00. It was also revealed by Mr. Ntim whose rice is at the maturity stage, hinted that he is likely to reap 15 bags of rice from the one hectare rice farm that he cultivated. According to him, they resort to the traditional method of processing rice locally after harvesting, adding that it is time consuming and poses risk to their health during harvesting. Moreover, it has been stressed that processing, packaging and branding of our local rice to meet domestic demand are a key factors that one must consider as a country.
As per data, it indicate that undoubtedly, Ghana’s quest to increase rice production from 20,000 to 200,000 metric tons in the near future needs to be relooked at considering the fact that we now import 500 Million Dollars worth of rice. In January 2015 the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) projected that between October 2014 and September 2015 and Ghana would import 600,000 metric tons of rice to augment the country’s needs. Against these chronic bottle necks is that the rice farmers want the government to prioritize rice farming to cut the huge importation bill by focusing on production and consumption of local produce. Thus, it could create competition between local rice industries and may generate wealth as well as jobs for many unemployed youth in the society too.