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UCC and the Asian African Consortium collaborate to increase rice production in Ghana

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A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Asian African Consortium (AAC), a division of the Jospong Group of Companies, and the University of Cape Coast (UCC) to conduct research to increase the production of rice, maize, and soy in the nation.

In order to achieve food efficiency in the nation, the goals of this partnership are to define shared areas of collaboration to fulfil the overall mandate of the parties, develop a plan for collaborative operations, and specify the scope and guiding principles of engagement between the parties.

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At the signing ceremony in Accra on Thursday, April 20, 2023, the CEO of the AAC, Mrs. Adelaide Araba Siaw Agyepong, noted that the agreement will make it easier for ACC to work with the UCC research institutes throughout Ghana to address challenges to economic growth and development.

She continued by saying that it will also make it easier to form a research and development consortium made up of experts in business, crop science, technology, agriculture engineering, and chemical engineering to serve as a permanent committee and provide guidance on the entire value chain in the production of rice, maize, soy, and other staples.

The construction of a seedling facility for the commercial production of seedlings for sale to farmers will be made easier as a result of this arrangement, she said again.

The ACC’s integrated rice project, she emphasised, aims to make Ghana self-sufficient in rice production, which will have a big positive impact on the nation’s economy.
The cooperation, according to the CEO of AAC, is essential for fostering collaboration and advancing Ghana’s economy.

The agreement between the two schools particularly pleased Mrs. Siaw Ageypong, who expressed hope that this MoU will open the door to numerous other cooperation between the two institutions.

Prof. Johnson Nyarko Boampong, vice chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, reaffirmed that the institution offers specialised training to help students become self-sufficient and successful businesspeople as well as job creators.
We also put a lot of effort into giving our pupils the skills they need to succeed in life, he continued.
He bemoaned the fact that Ghana still imports food despite having access to enormous resources and arable land at home.

He bemoaned the fact that although countries without arable lands had found ways to grow food locally and even export it, Ghanaians had to buy food from other nations to feed themselves.

He emphasised that the University is completely behind the project and that it has acquired a 450-acre plot of land for agricultural use as part of its little contribution to attempts to reduce importation.

Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, executive chairman of the Jospong Group, stated in a few remarks that agriculture and research must work together to ensure that the nation benefits fully.

He reminded the academics, “You have no excuse not to perform; we have the expertise and resources to see this through.

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