Rice is the major staple food in Ghana after maize today, in fact there is hardly anyone in this part of the world who does not include rice in his or her diet, at least once in a week.
Figures from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture show current annual per capita consumption of rice is about 40kg per person, which is even predicted to hit 63 kg by next year. The demand for rice normally shoots up during Festive seasons like Christmas.
Unfortunately less than 40% of the rice consumed in the country is produced locally despite the adverse effects that comes with the mass importation of rice in Ghana. In this article by Barimah Amoaning Samuel, we are going to look at the benefits of consuming local rice in this festive season with the MR RABBIT JASMINE RICE under the 1 District 1 Factory as a case study. This is also to create the awareness to encourage Ghanaians to patronize locally made product to ensure youth employment; with the hashtag #BuyMadeInGhana #Jobfortheyouth.
1.CONSUMPTION OF LOCAL RICE BOOST THE GHANAIAN ECONOMY
When Ghanaians patronize rice Produced from our own soil, we can be assured of a robust economy at the long run.
In 2016 for instance Ghana imported some 689,000 metric tonnes of rice which cost approximately $300 million, according to an official of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
This money could have stayed in the country for other projects.
2. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE LOCALS.
Over the years various governments have struggled with workable strategies for employment in the country, we believe that when rice production is given much attention and focus, it can employ a lot of people than many other sectors. From the peasant farmer to factory hands channeled to distributors and wholesalers in the market is even enough to cater for many jobless youth. After all the same people will pay taxes to the government to boost our revenue as a nation. As a case in point, the CEO of Richland Agriculture Machinery Ltd, Mr Alex Asante Yeboah and the Operations Manager, Mr Steven Blessing Ackah (who is also ‘job for the youth’ advocate) have a Marshall plan towards identifying opportunities in agriculture both in rural areas and in the cities. The prospects in rice production can employ thousands of young persons in the country considering the high demand of rice, and I believe through the “1district1factory” policy many such companies like Richland Agriculture Machinery Ltd can be established in other parts of the country not only to create jobs but to also generate food and boost the economy.
3.DANGERS OF CONSUMING IMPORTED RICE.
Rice importations have come under heavy criticisms globally due to the storage processes of some of the giant mass producers of rice exports to many parts of the world. Some of these commercial producers, export millions of tonnes Of rice which make their storage and preservation processes highly questionable, there by posing numerous health risks to consumers. The hard truth is, more of the rice imported have spent years in ware house with little or no nutrients at all.
Not to talk of the importation hustles. The dark side of such consents may bear health risks in international transport and production sharing. For instance in European Harbors, between 10% and 20% of all containers arriving were shown to contain volatile toxic substances above the exposure limit values. Possible exposure to these toxic chemicals may occur not only for the applicators but also the receiver by off gassing from products, packing materials or transport units like containers. The case might even be worst here. Issues like this are hardly addressed because other stake holders in the importation industry might take a swipe at this for sabotage, however when it comes to matters of health, it becomes paramount to set our priorities right.
4. GHANA CAN NOW PRODUCE POLISHED QUALITY RICE TO MATCH DEMAND .
Gone are the days where people complain about stones found in rice and unpolished grains by local producers. Today, companies like RICHLAND AGRICULTURAL MACHINERY Ltd , producers of Mr Rabbit Jasmine Rice, process Ghana made rice with Sophisticated and Modern rice Mill equipments. Hi tech Machines like the Rice mill – 50T- Type, Rice Dryer, Manual rice transplanter, rice combined Harvester, Rode Paddy rice transplanter and other state of the art equipment to give You polished and quality grains healthy for consumption.
The farm produce goes through all the Modern rice processes from dehusking to paddy separation, destoning, Polishing/ whitening, rice separation and weighing.
5. LOCAL RICE ARE PRICE COMPETITIVE AND LESS EXPENSIVE
For some reasons there is this perception out there that local rice is very expensive. This is false as we can confidently say that in terms of market price the the local rice is less expensive than other imported rice brands on the market, a clear example is the Mr Rabbit Jasmine Rice which as well as has a classic packaging.
For a healthy and hazard free Christmas you and your family should consume locally made rice, buy Mr Rabbit Jasmine Rice which is produced and packaged in Ghana. Call +233268969247 or visit www.richlandmachinery.com
Richland Agricultural Ltd (RAML) producers Of Mr Rabbit Jasmine Rice, is a professionally managed organization that specializes in providing comprehensive range of agricultural and machinery services to the rice production industry. RAML has been a long-term trusted partner for clients in the Philippines and China; working closely with clients which allows them to act in their best interest over the long term.
RAML was recently setup in Ghana with a rice processing plant at Asutuare in the Easting Region with headquarters at East Legon in Accra. They ensure the genuineness of all rice produced in Ghana through their high tech machines. They have quality equipments with which they can shield their products against dust, grime, and moisture.
By Barimah Amoaning Samuel
Digital Marketer, Radio Presenter