Ghana to end the importation of tomato and cut down imports of rice by 50 per cent in 2019
Ministry of Food and Agriculture says it is looking to end the importation of tomato and cut down imports of rice by 50 per cent this year. Records from the Ministry shows that in 2017, Ghana imported some 656.232 Metric Tons of rice worth $331.2 million. In the same period, some 75 thousand metric tons of tomatoes was also imported to meet domestic demand. The Ghana Employers’ Association believes that, these among many other factors, have contributed to the poor performance of the Ghanaian cedi against other foreign currencies, particularly the US Dollar.
Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Hon. George Oduro said the government is working to cut the levels of food import significantly. According to him, efforts to expand irrigation projects, the introduction of mechanization are among the efforts to help boost local production.
Mr Oduro was speaking at a breakfast meeting held by Integrity magazine on the theme ‘Opportunities for Ghana Israel Business Cooperation in Agriculture Innovation and Technology.’
The event brought together various stakeholders along the agriculture value chain to discuss the role of agriculture and how to boost its contribution to the nation’s GDP.
According to the Israeli Ambassador to Ghana Shani Cooper, his government will continue to invest in Ghana’s Agric sector. “We have so many investments in Ghana worth hundreds of millions of dollars but we believe aid comes with commerce so we also doing a lot n capacity building for farmers. We are also working to attract more investors from Israel to Ghana in the agriculture sector to boost commerce between the two states” Madam Cooper said.