By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Aug 15, GNA – President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has underlined the
government’s determination to support rice farmers in the Builsa South District
to substantially increase production.
everything would be done to develop the vast fertile valleys of Fumbisi and
Gbedembilisi to cut down on rice imports.
Ghana has been
spending millions of dollars to import rice, but he noted that, the country
could produce enough of the cereal grain for both local consumption and export,
when the expansive land in the area was fully developed.
Akufo-Addo was addressing chiefs and people of Fumbisi as part of his six-day
working visit to the Upper East, Upper west and Northern Regions.
agriculture research findings showed that “when the necessary attention and
investment is given to the Fumbisi and Gbedembilisi rice valleys, enough rice
could be produced from those valleys to feed the nation”.
“It is against
this background that government is interested in developing the fertile lands
to realize the full agriculture potentials of the area, particularly in the
area of rice production to boost food security in the region and Ghana as a
He added that
they were eager to make Fumbisi, the hub of rice production in the whole of
West Africa, and promised to establish an Agricultural College in the town to
train students in various fields of agriculture to enhance productivity and
“There can be
no better place than Fumbisi to have an agricultural college that has the
potential to develop the rice basket not just in Ghana but West Africa.”
He told the
gathering that he was going to do everything within his power to make sure that
this became a dream come true.
Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, said everybody who had
studied agriculture in Ghana knew of the prospects of the Fumbisi rice valleys
which “has about 5,000 hectares of farm land for development”.
Just about 900
hectares of this huge land is being used.
He said Fumbisi
over the years, had been held back on its contribution to the development of
agriculture in the country as over 4,000 hectares of good rice fields had been
left to fallow.
Dr. Akoto spoke
of plans to expand the Agriculture mechanization centre in the area and build
mills there to enable farmers add value to their produce.
had been working hard to procure farm implements and equipment to increase rice
production in the area.
Anyaturk Akanko II, applauded the government for implementing various social
interventions in the area to fight poverty.
He appealed to
the government to fix bad roads in the area including the Wiaga-Fumbisi-Wiesi,
Kanjarga-Fumbisi-Uwasi and Fumbisi-Zamsa roads linking the various farms to the
market centres to reduce cost of transport and post-harvest losses.
He also wants
the Fumbisi Health Center to be upgraded to the status of a District Hospital
and supplied with the needed equipment and facilities to deliver quality care –
bring down infant and maternal mortality.
was accompanied by Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, Mr.
Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the Minister of Health, Mr. Kwasi Amoako Atta, Minister of
Roads and Highways, Mrs Mavis Hawa Koomson, the Minister of Special Development
Initiative, Madam Tangoba Abayage, the Regional Minister and other high ranking