Steps have been kicked off by Rice Millers to implement special identification stickers to differentiate Ghana’s rice from imported rice. The Convener of the Rice Millers Association, Yaw Adu Poku, said that this move would help to identify the fake rice that may be available in the market.
To roll out this initiative, the association has collaborated with the Food and Beverages Association of Ghana (FABAG) and the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA). He said,
“We have agreed in principle through our umbrella organization, Ghana Rice Inter-professional Bodies together with Food & Beverage Association of Ghana (FABAG) to officially write to the GSA that a stamp or some identification should be given to rice in the system and even those that have been imported into the country so that when you go to the market, you can see the stamp. “
The CEO of Citi FM and Citi TV, Samuel Attah-Mensah, visited some rice farms in the Northern Region of Ghana, and he found out that many of the rice was being wasted due to lack of buyers.
Furthermore, the government has announced to ban the importation of rice by the year 2022.
Read more on Ghana’s push to increase Ghanaian rice production and consumption.
Many have taken to Twitter in support of this initiative with the #GhanaRiceDeyBe.