Food smuggling has once again reared its ugly head in Ghana as reported by the Daily Guide recently and the question is once again, “What is the Government of Ghana (GoG) doing about this?”
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Ghana loses approximately GH¢69 million annually due to the activities of rice smugglers who operate along the country’s borders with Cote d’Ivoire. A report by the Ministry of Information, which made this known, said importers are also losing out while the livelihood of local farmers have been threatened because of unsustainable farming.
Some importers of rice and other major food’ items say they may be compelled to resort to smuggling if nothing is done about the smuggling of food items along the country’s border with Cote d’ivoire.
The issue of food security is not only at the top of the world’s agenda, but is also an issue that is widely debated. In a recent letter by more than 150 scientists in India to the government on the issue of genetically modified (GM) crops the scientists stated that “Food security is not just …
The issue of rice importation versus local production has been controversial for quite some time and has become even more controversial in the run-up to the 2012 general election in Ghana with questionable statements by the Minister in charge, Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi.
Thailand is risking its status as the worlds biggest rice exporter because of a controversial government purchasing policy to boost farmers incomes. Rice industry insiders say the costly program is inefficient and money would be better spent on long-term investment.Thailands rice stocks are full but the rice keeps coming.
‘NIL 130’ was named “best rice variety” among seven being evaluated by a farmers’ cooperative in Gagnoa, Côte d’Ivoire. NIL 130 is a ‘near-isogenic line’ derived from ‘elite’ rice variety IR64 by the introduction of a gene for resistance to (RYMV) through a process known as ‘marker-assisted breeding’ (MAB).
It is a well known fact that Ghana has been dependent on importation of rice for 70% of local demand for a considerable time. The quest to make Ghana self-sufficient with regards to rice supply is however proving more difficult than expected.
After the Bloomberg announcement on Wednesday that other West African States have suspended taxes on imported rice in a bid to prevent consumer prices to rise concerns about Ghana’s policies have re-emerged.
Bloomberg announced on Wednesday that the Ivory Coast suspended taxes on imported rice in a bid to prevent consumer prices from rising, while neighboring Mali extended a similar subsidy. In the meantime Ghanaian consumers are left in the dark and reeling under an oppressive cost of living as the Government show no sign of budging.