Ghana, South Korea sign agreement on rice production
- One August 2nd, Governments of Ghana and Republic of Korea signed a Record of Discussion for “The project to improve rice value chain in the Central Region of Ghana”.
The $8mn grant will aim to enhance rice production and productivity through the selection of good plant varieties, seed distribution, training, improved cultivation techniques and agricultural machinery support.
- Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, and the Deputy Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Ms Jeongyi Choi, signed for their respective governments.
- a brief statement before the signing, Ms Choi explained that KOICA's support was to complement efforts the government was making to improve rice production, particularly its value chain processes.
- For his part, the South Korea Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Sungsoo Kim, said South Korea was pleased to draw on its centuries-old experience and expertise in producing rice to assist Ghana modernize and improve its rice production capability.
- Dr Akoto said the signing of the RoD marked a significant moment in the working relationship between the two countries.
He said the agreement had come at an opportune time when Ghana was desirous of becoming self-sufficient in rice production because rice had become a staple in the country.
He said it was the plan of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to reduce the 600 tonnes of imported rice consumed in the country annually by improving and enhancing the production of locally produced rice.