Upper East to become hub for rice and livestock production, says MoFA

Francis Ennor said the government had already taken steps to reduce the importation of rice, and the region is determined

Francis Ennor, the Upper East regional director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) says the region would soon become a hub for rice and livestock production in the country.

He said the government has provided several farmers with logistics such as; farm inputs, agrochemicals, while many of them also received the technical knowhow to revamp the rice and livestock industries.

Marketing and storage facilities have also been put in place, he said.

Ennor was speaking on the sidelines of the regional focus exhibition of the 36th National Farmers’ Day (NFD), underway in the Techiman Municipality.

Ennor said the government had already taken steps to reduce the importation of rice, and the region is determined to improve rice production to meet local demand.

Techiman, the Bono East Regional capital is hosting this year’s NFD on the theme “Ensuring Agricultural Development under COVID-19; Opportunities and Challenges”.

To improve on livestock production, Ennor indicated the government’s flagship Rearing for Food and Jobs programme has supplied over 4,000 cattle and 4,500 birds to 8,000 farmers in the region.

He said a private agro-investor also provided seven combine harvesters to support rice farmers in the area and advised farmers to engage the department to adopt emerging farming technologies to improve on their economic activities.

Ennor said Upper East had 500,000 registered farmers engaged in rice and livestock production saying each farmer could cultivate about 500 acres of rice farm adding several farmers were also engaged in millet, soya bean, maize, cowpea and sorghum.

In a speech read on her behalf, Tangoba Abayage, the Upper East Regional Minister noted the development of the region hinges on agriculture investment saying the region also benefited a lot from government’s social intervention programmes.

she said under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs), quantities of certified seeds and over 1.6 million bags had been supplied to farmers on subsidy, while over one million cashew seedlings were raised and supplied to farmers under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme.

Abayage said these interventions have created income-generating avenues and opened up agribusiness opportunities in the region.

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