In the wake of the Akosombo Dam spillage, the Ghana Rice Federation underscores the dire state of affairs confronted by rice farmers whose fields have been inundated.
These farmers are in crucial want of monetary assist and extra help, comparable to soil testing, to swiftly revive their livelihoods.
In a press release, the Federation notes that its ongoing collation of knowledge on losses suffered by its member farmers is staggering, spanning from full destruction of rice fields prepared for harvest to the devastation of freshly planted fields.
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“Several farmers were unable to harvest their rice on time to take advantage of the Christmas season and some have had fields they invested in, which would have been ready for harvest next year completely destroyed. Rice farmers have not only lost their capital but are also in debt with their financiers,” the Federation stated.
It additional emphasised that this devastating state of affairs not solely impacts particular person farmers but additionally casts a shadow over the financial stability of the communities, people and companies reliant on rice farming. The ripple impact of a distressed rice business will subsequently be felt instantly and not directly past these communities.
Taking proactive steps, the Ghana Rice Federation, in a current assembly, initiated plans to ascertain a specialised sub-group comprising rice growers within the Asutsuare/Akuse enclave. This group goals to collaborate with key stakeholders within the rice worth chain to help flood-affected farmers in reclaiming their monetary stability and livelihoods.
In response to those substantial harvest losses, farmers have united to counter these setbacks by an organized pre-financing scheme and the supply of technical experience facilitated by the Ghana Rice Federation. This complete method includes proposed partnerships with famend soil analysis establishments just like the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to reinforce soil high quality to optimize yields, and expedite the restoration course of for farmers to settle their money owed and restore their livelihoods.
Through this press launch, the Ghana Rice Federation appeals for collaboration from stakeholders and events to work collectively to help affected rice farmers and in the end for the institution of a sustainable and affluent rice business.