The Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project (GCAP) has launched a working retreat for potential investors on the NASIA-NABOGO improved RAIN-FED RICE Production in Northern Ghana.
The project aims at improving yield in order to reduce rice imports into the country.
Mr Charles T. Nornoo, the project coordinator revealed that they have selected 9 farmers out of 63 to plant 900 hectares of rice this year at Nasia-Nabogo and will expand production from 900 to 3000 hectares. He also revealed “this project is designed in a way that 60% of the land will he given out to outgrowers and out of this 40% should be women to improve the lively hood of the out growers.
The occasion was to bring together proven farmers and agro companies for support in the cultivation of 3000 hectares of rice under an arrangement dubbed “improved RAIN- FED RICE production opportunity in Nasia and Nabogo valleys”.
Nasia Nabogo is one of the 9 growth poles and is very close to the two major cities Tamale and Bolgatanga. The presence of Nasia and the Nabogo river and roads will enable the farmers withstand “dry spells” that occur getting to the end of the major season that mostly leads to the lost of entire crops.
Engineer B.C Atikpo, zonal coordinator GCAP at SADA Zone tells rawgist.com; ” As the population keeps increasing, rice consumption also increases, this project will drastically reduce importation of rice. Women and youth will be unemployed.”