The 4th Ghana National Rice Festival has been opened in Accra. The festival themed, “Ghana Rice for Food! Ghana Rice for Jobs”, was opened at a grand ceremony at the Efua Sutherland Park on Friday, 3rd November 2017.
At the commencement of the event, the President of the Ghana Rice Inter-Professional Body (GRIB), Mr. Imoro Amaro, welcomed all participants in his opening remarks. He outlined the need for collective support from all stakeholders, as rice has the potential of revamping the Ghanaian economy. He emphasized that “rice is bigger than cocoa, given the right support”. He called on government to use its purchasing power to secure procurement of Ghana rice for all public schools and other institutions.
Present at the ceremony included Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, Minister of Food and Agriculture, marketers, rice farmers and other dignitaries Jacob Osei Yeboah (2016 Independent Presidential candidate.)
The keynote address was delivered by the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Hon. Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto. He iterated that the consumption of rice has risen from 22kg per capita in 2003 to about 36kg per capita in 2016. Hence, there is the need to increase production to meet the increasing demand, and equally augment Ghana’s self-sufficiency ratio for rice of about 46%. The Minister informed of the revision of the National Rice Development Strategy (NRDS 209-2018) improve the rice sector.
On the subject of Planting for Food and Jobs, the Minister outlined investment plans into seed production through institutions such as Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI), Crop Research Institute (CRI) and Grains Board. The move, according to the Minister, is to increase the targeted rice seed requirement from 1716MT to 5,625MT in 2018.
The dignitaries took turns to visit the various stands at the exhibition. Other activities of the festival included live market storms (Makola and Madina markets) live band music, Ghana Rice Concert, rice tasting and eating competition etc.
Aduanehene actively participated in the festival with the display of Aduanehene Rice and COPA rice at the exhibition. Other distributors of Aduanehene displayed Aduanehene rice at the exhibition. Participants took turns to visit the booths to purchase Aduanehene rice and equally get to know more about the brand and opportunities.
Aduanehene is the proud sponsor of Ghana Rice Festival. Aduanehene is quality jasmine long grain rice which is grown and milled in Ghana.