The Fievie Community in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region in partnership with the Global Agricultural Development Company (GADCO) has stepped up efforts in the area of rice cultivation to boost rice production in the country.
This follows a partnership deal between the two, culminating in the release of a 60-hectare land by the chiefs of Fievie for a period of 50 years for the cultivation and production of rice on large scale.
A statement issued by the Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Nelson Kofi Akatey said the initiative was the first ever community project within the area of rice cultivation and production, serving as an alternative to the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concept.
It said the project was funded by Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project (GCAP), a world bank sponsored agricultural partnership programme, with government providing a grant of 500,000 dollars to support the scheme.
Additionally, a counterpart funding of 125,000 dollars has been given by the GADCO as seed capital for operational cost.
The statement said 60 hectres of land was currently under cultivation, which would soon become fully operational to produce an estimated 600 bags of 50kg of rice per day.
It said motivated by the success story of the project since its inception, the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge of Crops, Dr. Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan paid a working visit to the farm to interact with the workers and acquaint himself with the operations at the farm.
Dr. Alhassan assured the workers of government support to make the scheme one of the best in the country saying “government was committed to ensuring food sufficiency and food security in the country and will therefore continue to create the enabling environment for businesses especially in the agricultural sector to thrive”.
He commended the chiefs and elders of Fievie for initiating the project and releasing land for it to take off, expressing hope that the project would be successful to bring about economic prosperity to the people in the area.