Ghana to receive $95m worth of agricultural inputs from Brazil

Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Ghana’s Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) on Tuesday said government was working to facilitate the supply of $95 million worth of agricultural machinery and equipment from Brazil.

These equipment, he said, would be supplied in three tranches, with the first tranche of $35 million machinery expected in the country by the end of June 2012.

Speaking during his turn of the “Meet the Press” series in Accra, Mr Ahwoi said various rice production and processing equipment had been imported into the country under the Japanese Grant Programme.

These include 125 tractors, 10 rice mills, 40 water pumps, 35 reapers, 35 threshers and two combine harvesters.

He said five Agriculture Mechanisation Service Centres (AMSECs) were operationalised in 2011 bringing to 89, the total number of AMSECs in the country.

Mr Ahwoi disclosed that 400 boreholes had been drilled and mechanised for farmers to enable them have access to water for agricultural purposes.

He commended the National Food Buffer Stock Company (NAFCO) for its ability to provide food items to flood victims in Atiwa and other areas without recourse to international food aid supply.

Source: GNA

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