The Ghanaian government’s quest to lower the rice imports by accelerating local production has received a major boost, following the purchase of 520 specialised rice tractors by the West African nation for onward distribution to rice farmers.
They have been procured with a €10million interest-free facility from the Czech Export Bank.
The tractors were made in the Czech Republic. They comprise 300 Global Multipurpose mini tractors and 220 Cabrio Compact tractors.
To recap, an agreement to that effect was signed in 2018, when a delegation from Ghana visited the Czech Republic.
The tractors have been designed to help triple rice production by allowing growers to harvest and thresh their ripened rice on the field.
Cabrio Compact Tractors and Global Mini Tractors can help alleviate ordeals small or medium-scale farmers go through in their daily farming activities/operations, a senior official said.
He added that village infrastructure projects and agricultural mechanisation can only succeed in developing countries “when peasant farmers are introduced to smaller machinery rather than nurtured to handle bigger machinery.”
Explaining the tractor’s effectiveness, the CEO of Knights A.S, Dr Karl Laryea, said these tractors are highly multipurpose with a very wide range of active and passive accessories.