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RICE PRODUCTION ENHANCES IN VOLTA REGION


Rice has become a staple food that can be found in every household in Ghana. Although it largely competes with maize and some tuber crops such as Cassava and yam on the Ghanaian market, for the past decade it has gradually become a special delicacy prepared in most homes. The Volta Region of Ghana in the early 70s was known to largely produce cocoa but has declined terribly now thereby bringing farmers nothing but low income resulting in poverty. Many cocoa farmers have shifted to rice cultivation giving the fact that it could become a lucrative venture when pursued and accorded the right and better attention for cultivation and production. The region could shoot up rice production to address the issue of rice importation in the country and decrease prospects of importation in the near future. Volta region comes with many swampy lands hence the production of rice is a viable investment for any investor. The Wheta Irrigation Project rice farms is an indisputable way of bringing this into reality. The soil type’s ranges between heavy clay to sandy loam makes the region a hub for rice cultivation and production a viable industry. When given the right agronomic practices and standards as well as the crop water including good fertilizer application from time to time the region can then boast of the overturning the Country’s fear when to come to the yearly importation of rice from Asian, European as well as other African country.

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