President Akufo-Addo has announced that his government will soon ban the importation of rice into the country.
According to him, a directive has been made to all government institutions to cease patronage of imported rice starting next year.
He, has, therefore, ordered the institutions to use locally produced foods for all activities and projects undertaken by the institutions.
At his third media encounter on Friday at the Jubilee House, the President said: “I am giving directions that from the January 1, next year all the state institutions are going to have to buy made of Ghanaian produce and Ghanaian rice”.
Leading by example, Mr Akufo-Addo said his household consumes local rice and every Ghanaian should follow suit.
“We should all eat Ghanaian rice…Each one of us in our homes should make a conscious effort to tell our wives and cousins and whoever it is who is responsible to buy Ghana rice, and very soon we will consider banning the importation of rice into the country,” he said to applause from the audience.
There has been a wave of a campaign across the country to promote patronage of local rice to boost the local industry and curtail the over $1 billion worth of rice imported annually.
Currently, local production stands at 460,000 metric tonnes with 640,000 metric tonnes imported yearly.
The National Food Buffer Stock has also been instructed to intensify the issuance of license and purchasing of both paddy and milled rice from local producers to boost the sector and encourage more production to meet demand.
Today’s media encounter afforded the President the opportunity to account for his stewardship after three years in office as the 5th President of the Fourth Republic.
The meeting also afforded journalists the opportunity to ask the President significant questions he hadn’t sufficiently addressed at various forums.
The President among other sectors spoke about the performance of his government in areas of the economy, governance, health, education, security and what he is doing to turn around the fortunes of the country.