First Lady of The Republic, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, has supported local rice consumption and urged the public to patronise it.
Apart from the opportunity to create more jobs through its consumption, Mrs Akufo-Addo also emphasised on the nutritional properties of locally produced rice which promotes good health.
To her, government’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy had led to significant increase in foodstuff on the market and so there was the need to develop creative ways to ensure patronage leading to continuous production.
The second lady promised to support the campaign to consume locally grown rice by ensuring that all rice components of her Office’s donations or domestic consumptions are locally produced.
She expressed her support in a meeting with executives of the Ghana Rice Inter-professional body at her Office in Accra.
President of the Ghana Rice Inter-professional body , Nana Adjei Ayeh II, on behalf of members expressed their appreciation to the First Lady for showing readiness to assist them in their cause.
According to them, high profile Ghanaians such as The First Lady on their side will yield positive results by making significant in-roads in the campaign to consume Ghana rice, by end of the year.
He said farming under the current government had witnessed significant improvement with many tertiary graduates now turning to agriculture as a means of livelihood, instead of white-collar jobs.