The concerned Farmers Association of Ghana have commended the government and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) for the swift interventions in the rice industry, which has brought the industry to an appreciable level.
The commendation in a press statement signed by Nana Opambour Boateng Bonsu II, President of the association and copied to the GNA, indicated that before President Akufo-Addo called on Ghanaians to patronize made in Ghana rice, the rice industry was neglected and faced many challenges including, post-harvest loses and lack of ready market.
The Association was happy that the government through MOFA had taken delivery of thousands of slashers and thresher machines to be distributed to rice farmers across the country.
The move, the Association noted would help local rice farmers to produce more rice for local consumption to reduce the amount of money spent on the importation of rice annually.
"We express our gratitude to the President and the Agriculture Ministry for revamping the local rice industry since farmers will no longer use traditional methods of farming and harvesting of rice."
The statement encouraged rice farmers nationwide to form associations since that was the only way for them to benefit from the government's interventions.