Rice farmers in Kadjebi in the Oti region are to benefit from a relief package in the acquisition of agricultural machinery.
The package involves an initial half payment of the total cost of agricultural machinery including tractors and power tillers that they will use in rice production.
Each of these machines costs between GH¢24, 000 and GH¢31, 000.
The relief package was announced by the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto yesterday when he paid a working visit to rice farms in Kadjebi and interacted with the farmers.
The Minister made the offer following an appeal made by the rice farmers to the Ministry for the machinery on credit.
In addition to the half payment, the Minister asked the rice farmers to write a letter through the Kadjebi District Director of Agriculture for the machines to be given to them on credit.
The visit formed part of the minister’s phase two agricultural tour of farms in the Oti Region.
on the matter of fertilizer shortage, Dr. Afriyie Akoto attributed the problem to the COVID-19 pandemic, explaining that most of the fertilizer producing factories had shut down due to COVID-19 which had affected the global market for fertilizer, adding that “available fertilizers will not be given out on credit but will be on cash and carry system.”
From the Kajebi rice farms, he went to the Volta Red Oil Palm Processing Mill also in Kadjebi where he inspected the process of milling palm oil.