Central region

Central region can produce enough rice to feed Ghana – regional minister

Central Regional Minister Justina Marigold Assan said the region has the potential to produce enough rice to feed the country and boost the economy and livelihoods of farmers.

She said the central region aims to be a center of rice production in Ghana and also to produce rice seedlings for rice farmers in the country.

“There is no doubt that the region has the capacity and prospects to produce rice to meet local demand and also for export,” she said.

Mrs. Marigold Assan said this when she led a 14-member team from Ghana to Seoul, South Korea to participate in a training on the Central Region Rice Value Chain Improvement Project.

The 10-day training is organized and sponsored by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The purpose of the training is for participants to get first-hand information on how Korea was able to produce enough rice and eliminate rice exports, which allowed its economy to become one of the best in the world.

It aims to equip participants with best practices in South Korea and expose them to their success in producing rice at the self-sufficiency level of the United States, as well as to broaden and strengthen the knowledge base of managers of agriculture and some senior officials. in rice production to work to improve the quality of life of rice farmers in the Center region.

Participants would be taken for study tour to Korea Rural Development Administration, Korea Rice Production Complexes and related institutions, field trips to Farmers Federation for Rice Value Chains, visits to quality control and marketing institutions/agencies and study visits to agricultural mechanization. rental service center.

Mrs. Marigold Assan revealed that the knowledge gained by the participants would help improve the quality and add value to rice production in the central region.

She said, “We will adopt the methods used by Korea to boost the rice industry and also strengthen the relationship between the region and KOICA.”

Ms. Marigold Assan said KOICA is currently operating in five districts in the central region namely Gomoa East, AssinFosu, Assin South, Assin North and Twifo Atti-Morkwa and has engaged the services of 514 farmers in rice cultivation.

She revealed that she was excited about the country’s rapid development through the SaemaulUndong movement, where citizens championed and led their own development.

The central regional minister said the training was an eye-opener and the boom in the Korean economy was nothing short of a miracle that was created through collective efforts and the will of the people to help each other. participate in the country’s development process.

“Korea was once poor in the 1950s due to wars, but it has been able to overcome all the challenges and rise from grass to grace…we can do that too,” she said. declared.