Central Region to become rice-producing hub – Regional minister

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Efforts are underway to make the Central Region a rice-producing hub.

According to the Central Regional Minister, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, this will enable the region to unleash its full agricultural potential in rice production.

In pursuit of that, she revealed that a strong collaboration was being forged with Korea International Corporation, an expert organisation in upscaling rice production.

Mrs Marigold Assan was speaking to the media on Thursday, November 3, 2022, in Cape Coast, Central Region, during the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Dr Owusu Akoto Afriyie’s, working tour in the region.

The visit to the Central Region forms part of the minister’s second leg working tour in five regions across the country. Before the Central, he had been to the Western and Western North Regions.

According to Madam Marigold Assan, though her region was currently eighth on the log of rice-producing regions, Central Region was poised to move to the 7th position. She said that talks were already going on in that regard.

She gave the assurance that with the measures put in place, one can only hope for the best from the region.

She added that the Central Region will institute a local market termed, ‘Farmers’ Market’ where foodstuffs produced in the region would be assembled and sold to customers.

Furthermore, Marigold Assan indicated that there were ongoing efforts to ensure that Ghanaians eat fresh foods from the farms while guaranteeing the benefits of their nutritional value.

In his response, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Akoto Afriye, pledged his support to ensure that the nation rakes in the benefits of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) in the region.

He is expected to visit Volta and Oti Regions in the coming days

Source: classfmonline.com

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