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AfricaRice Official Urges Investment In Rice Farming
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent
GBARNGA, January 25 (LINA) - AfricaRice Liberia Country Representative, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo, is calling on African countries to invest in the production of rice.
Dr. Akintoya said the rice sector offers one of the biggest market opportunities in Africa and Liberia, in particular, hence all must be done to support the sector.
He observed that several billion dollars are leaving the continent annually for the importation of rice when Africans are capable of producing this commodity.
Speaking during the harvest of 164 hectares of foundation seed rice in Gbedin, Nimba County over the weekend, the AfricaRice Country Representative challenged the continent to invest in the production of rice to reverse this trend.
Dr. Akintoya said for the sustainability of certified seed production and supply, efforts are currently underway to multiply seed rice production at the Central Agriculture Research Institute located in Suakoko, Bong County.
He named varieties being produced as early maturing NERICAs, ARICAs and Aromatic varieties.
The AfricaRice Country Representative said his organization is also concerned about the issue of lowland development and assured that it will be addressed accordingly.
AfricaRice is a leading pan-African research organization with a mission to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security in Africa.