The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) presented a number of agricultural equipment to the government, in support of rice production in Ghana.
Introducing the equipment, KOICA Senior Deputy Manager Mr. Seungmin Oh explained that the project aims to improve the rice value chain in the central region as a result of bilateral cooperation between the ROK government and the government of Ghana.
The machines included two tractors and attachments, a combine harvester, a laser leveler, a seeder/no-till seeder, 18 tillers and attachments, two transplanters and 10 rice threshers.
The rest consisted of 10 rice combine-binders, 18 rice winnowers, 30 water pumps, 18 grain moisture meters and 16 motorized knapsack sprayers/misters. The project was funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA).
The districts expected to benefit are Gomoa East, Assin Fosu, Assin North, Assin South and Twifo Att-Mokwa which were currently benefiting from the project. Okyereko in East Gomoa district was designed for seed rice production while the other four districts produce paddy rice.
It was part of an $8 million deal signed between South Korea and Ghana for capacity improvement and rice seed development, supply of agricultural machinery and equipment, and construction of a rice mill and an agricultural equipment storage facility.
“The provision of agricultural equipment, which is the key part of the rice value chain project, is important as it will promote the government’s mechanization campaign with manual and rudimentary rice cultivation,” Seungmin said.
Mr. Oh noted that the machines would serve as valuable assets to the beneficiary farmers to boost rice production with the potential to positively impact farmers’ lives and livelihoods at the micro level.