The Inland Valleys Rice Development Project (IVRDP) is being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture at a total cost of UA 17.1 million, comprising a loan of UA 15 million (88%) from the African Development Bank (AFDB) and a Government of Ghana contribution of UA 2.1 million (12%).
PROJECT RATIONALE AND CONCEPT
Ghana has abundant natural resource base from the numerous inland valleys found in the country’s agro-ecological zones. It has been demonstrated that inland valley rice production is more profitable than both conventional irrigation and upland cropping, provided water management is improved and farmers adopt improved rice production practices. The IVRDP is providing a basis for sustainable rice development in the inland valleys through provision of simple, low-cost water management structures (weirs, dykes, canals, drains and basins/ plots), use of improved production inputs and post-harvest management practices.
The Project seeks to enhance food security, reduce importation of rice and increase incomes of smallholder rice producers, traders and processors through increased production of good quality rice.
The project is operating in 38 communities in 21 districts of five (5) regions:
Ashanti Region: Ejisu-Juaben, Ahafo Ano South, Ahafo Ano North, Ejura-Sekyedumasi.
Brong Ahafo Region: Tano South, Tano North, Atebubu.
Central Region: Assin North.
Eastern Region: Birim South, Birim Central, Akyemannsa, Kwaebibirem.
Western Region: Shama, Mpohor Wassa East, Nzema East, Wassa West, Wassa Amenfi, Aowin- Suaman, Sefwi-Wiawso, Bia, Juabeso.
PROJECT COMPONENTS AND EXPECTED OUTPUTS
STATUS OF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION
Rice Cropping under Manual Land Development: A total area of 914ha inland valleys (Ashanti- 100ha, Brong Ahafo- 277ha, Central- 43ha, Eastern- 40ha and Western- 354ha) has been manually developed from 2004 and put under cropping. Average paddy yield in 2009 was 3.0t/ha. These valleys are undergoing improvement by contractors.
Credit for Crop Development
US$1.0m drawn-down from AfDB and on-lent to AgDB as production, inventory and equipment credit to rice farmers, traders and processors.