President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians to buy locally grown rice this Christmas, on other festive occasions and for everyday consumption in order to give greater impetus to the agriculture sector.

President Nana Akufo-Addo used his speech at the 35th National Farmers’ Day celebration to urge Ghanaians to buy locally grown rice.

Apart from saving Ghana millions of foreign exchange, increased patronage of locally grown rice would bolster production efforts, lead to increased investments, impact positively on the local economies of rice-growing areas and help achieve the government’s objective of ending the import of rice by 2024.

“The success of government’s efforts in ensuring self-sufficiency in rice production depends largely on the level of consumption of local rice. We must eat what we grow to motivate our farmers and support the development of the local food industry.”

“Rebecca, my beautiful wife; our First Lady, insists that we eat local rice at home and has made sure of this. I call on all Ghanaians to follow my example and eat local rice.”

The materials are expected to arrive in Ghana in the middle of 2020 to provide “appreciable relieve to farmers and boost the grain industry.”

The President also said his administration will continue “to prioritize and support agriculture to make the sector one of the most viable driving forces of Ghana’s economic development and transformation.”

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