The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO), Hanan Abdul-Wahab, has declared that beginning from next academic year, all Senior High Schools under the Free Senior High School (SHS) Program will be bolstered with Ghana rice.
This decision is a scaling up of the strategy in the Ashanti Region, the five areas of the North, where 100% of schools are encouraged with Ghana rice.
This choice he stated, “is compulsory and providers and who spurn this may endure sanctions including non-instalment of for administrations gave and renouncement of licenses.”
To this end, all the NAFCO authorized providers have been coordinated to belittle the rice supplies of nearby rice mill operators and advertisers.
This choice pursues ongoing media reportage of objections by rice ranchers in the Fumbisi valley in the Upper East Region about the absence of support for their product following the choice by Avnash Industries Ghana Limited not to purchase the gathered rice for the 2018/2019 yield seen in light of the fact that they had unsold product from the past season in stock.
AS a major aspect of measure to improve the support of nearby rice, Mr Hanan uncovered that rice mill operators and advertisers have demonstrated their availability to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the service to purchase from the ranchers.
Likewise, business banks need the government to think of an improvement bundle to energize the utilization of local rice simply like One District, One District (1D1F).
He figured that mill operators around the nation would require “about GH₵30 million to wipe up all the paddy rice in the field.”
Besides, a base ensured cost has likewise been fixed at GH₵1.30, up from GH₵1.11. This would imply that 180kg of paddy at present being sold at GH₵200 will currently go for GH₵234. This addition, he said depended on a yield spending examination.
He likewise expressed that two new licenses have been given to Avnash Industries Limited for the acquisition of and supply of Ghana rice to schools under the Free SHS program and furthermore to NAFCO stockrooms under the ECOWAS Stocks Mutualisation Program.
Avnash has likewise started wiping up paddy rice on the field, beginning from Sunday, December 15.
By Selorm Gborbidzi, Accra