The actor who is contesting on the tickets of the NDC for The Ayawawaso West Wagon as a parliamentary candidate,has made interesting revelation about the high cost of local rice .
It should not be forgotten that under the one district one factory project ,government has started a massive campaign for Ghanaians to consume locally produced rice .
This has generated a lot of ideas from many walks ,especially,the politicians .
The actor cum politician has added his take on the campaign.He narrates how farmers go through a lot to produce rice hence the high price tag on the local rice .
He wrote :
It will Interest you to know that imported rice( after paying all the shipping and duties at the port) is still cheaper than our local rice. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a farmer and a huge advocate for consumption of made in Ghana products but the patriotic patience of Ghanaians will quickly run out if our local rice farmers don’t do anything about their pricing. Same as our local chicken and the imported one. Once it’s cheap, it’s the best. It might not be the fault of the farmers when pricing. The unit cost of producing a bag of rice depends on external factors(high interest rates, taxes, fuel costs etc) which is beyond their control. We must do more to support farmers across the country. Competitive pricing and branding are sine qua non to Ghanaians being patriotic but all hope is not lost. Ghana shall prosper.
It should also be noted that The actor is into farming as well hence his observations on the current trend of agriculture.
Do you agree with John Dumelo ?