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Ghana to Ban Importation of Rice by 2023 – Minister discloses.

Ghana to Ban Importation of Rice by 2023 – Minister discloses.

Ghana’s Minister of Agriculture has disclosed that Ghana will be implementing a ban on the importation of rice grains into the country by the year 2023.

The sole rationale behind the ban is to encourage the consumption of homegrown food which will then translate to an encouragement of the local farming businesses.

One of the flagship programs being implemented by President Akufo-Addo’s administration which is the Planting For Food and Jobs policy is to encourage Ghanaians to venture into agriculture. The policy is intended to ensure food security in Ghana while creating an avenue of creating employment opportunities for the youth.

Ghana is said to have not suffered from great shortages in food supply despite the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on the citizenry.

In line with the Planting For Food And Jobs policy, another initiative was created called ”Ghana Beyond Aid” introduced by the government of Ghana which was to ensure that Ghana is truly independent and capable to meet all its needs.

These two programs are all aimed at stimulating Ghanaians to depend on their own, especially to encourage the purchase of made-in-Ghana commodities in order to curtail the rate at which monies are moved from the country. this will go a long way to strengthen the Ghana cedi against major trading currencies like the dollar, pounds, the Chinese Yen and etc.

In view of advocating the spirit for made-in-Ghana goods, Hon. George Mireku Duker the Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem, has revealed that Ghana will in the next two years put a stop to importing rice.

Hon. Mireku Duker made these statements speaking to host Nana Yaw Kesseh on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrokoo’.

Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/

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