.. by the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR – SARI) at Nyankpala in the Northern Region.
The meeting brought together stakeholders from Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), development partners including United States Agency for International Development, rice seed companies, input dealers, seed producers, researchers, rice related projects among others.
It was to take stock of the rice seed situation in the four RSSP regions for this year, which included Volta, Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions, and to plan the seed needs for 2016, as well as to identify the roles of the various actors on the rice seed value chain.
The RSSP is an initiative of MoFA to amongst others, support lowland rice production to improve livelihood of poor farmers in the targeted regions through the development of a sustainable economic activity based on the natural potential of the regions.
Dr Dogbe, who is also Principal Research Scientist at SARI, said there are challenges of seed quality in terms of red rice, which must be addressed to improve the quality of the crop produced.
He mentioned some of the measures taken to reduce red rice levels in the seeds produced, which included reducing acreages to manageable levels, moving away from broadcasting of rice seed farms, and bonding of fields.
Dr Dogbe gave the assurance that rice produced by local farmers is of high quality and therefore urged consumers to purchase and consume locally produced rice.
Mr Raphael Dinku, Field Officer of GANORMAH, an input dealer, expressed the need for quality seeds to attract farmers to purchase them and to increase domestic rice production. Source: GNA
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