According to the reliable sources, it has been reported that for Torgbui Azadagli III, Director of Agriculture in the town of Ho, south-eastern Ghana, has revealed that two factors would increase national rice production and to avoid having an import These are the widespread use of certified seed and to develop rice production in the Volta region. Further, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Ghana’s rice production was 400 000 t in 2015, while consumption reached 700,000 t. However, in 2014, the country imported 414,000 t with an expenditure of $ 290 million.
Meanwhile, the workshop organized by the NGO Agribusiness Systems International (ASI) on the rice marketing project in Ghana supported by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (Agra), the official has noted that the farmers do not use certified seeds as well as have their rice grains ripen at different times. In addition, grains were with totally disparate lengths and shapes, which does not allow them an optimum crop and reduced yields. While, the use of certified seeds gives very high yields, has he told to our colleague of Ghana news.
Further, as for the Volta region is concerned which is already have 43,396 rice farms and also has large agribusiness as Brazilian Agro, Wienco, Weta irrigation, and Aveyime irrigation. In addition, 20,000 ha would be available for upland rice and 40 000 ha for rice plain. It has also been stated that the area is also well endowed with water resources. Currently the varieties grown in the region are brown rice, Togo Marshall Sikamo CSIR and Agra to achieve the target.