Presentation on theme: "CONCEPT NOTES INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT TO IMPROVE SEED RICE QUALITY"— Presentation transcript:
1 CONCEPT NOTES INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT TO IMPROVE SEED RICE QUALITY Dr. Kenneth Nyalemegbe(University of Ghana – Agric Res.Centre,Kpong)Mr.Albert Feefi Swatson(Agronomist, GIDA)
2 OUTLINE Introduction Justification of project Potential intervention zones and target groupsMain objectivesComponents, Outputs and ActivitiesCosts and FinancingImplementation strategyProject Organization and ManagementMonitoring and EvaluationRisks
3 IntroductionThe Ministry of Food and Agriculture is the lead agency that directs the national agricultural policy. To carry out its function, plans and programmes are coordinated through policy and strategy frameworks.Policy strategies over the years, as captured in FADEP I, GPRS I&II, METASIP, MTADP and other MOFA policy documents, have sought to promote rice production to address food security and poverty reduction.Among others, varietal improvement of rice and seed production and utilisation are to be pursued vigorously. Seed rice infrastructural development is key to achieving the above objective.
4 JustificationUse of uncertified and adulterated seed rice makes it difficult for the farmer to have uniform crop stand in the short term and to establish acceptable brand names in the long term.In spite of the laudable initiatives in the various rice development strategies, the use of poor quality seed makes it difficult to achieve the above strategic objectives, e.g.Locally produced rice becomes uncompetitive andunacceptable to the consumerFarmers do not use suitable rice varieties for the various rice- growing ecologiesStakeholders in the rice value chain are unable to play their roles effectively
5 Potential Intervention Zones and Target Groups Rainfed lowland ecology is dominant, covering over 78% of total area cropped to rice.Irrigated ecology covers 16% of total rice area.Upland ecology covers 6%.The rainfed lowland ecology is the most profitable for rice production, provided water management and cultural practices are improved.Ghana’s strategy conforms to CARD’s goal which targets the rainfed lowland ecology for increased rice production.Current seed requirement is thus greater for this ecology than the two other ecologies and thus requires greater infrastructural development for seed quality improvement.
6 Main Objectives of the Project Global ObjectiveTo double local rice production by the year 2018 so as to contribute to food security and increased income in rice production.Specific ObjectivesDomestic production of rice will be increased by 10% annuallyusing gender sensitive and productivity enhancing innovationsfor smallholders, commercial producers and entrepreneurs alongthe value chain. In order to achieve this, there would be needfor good quality seed.The consumption of local rice will be promoted through theprovision of quality seed of varieties that are acceptable to consumers.
7 Components of the Project The project will comprise two components as follows:1.Provision of Seed Rice Drying and Cleaning Facilities2. Provision of Cold Storage Facilities
8 Project Components, Outputs and Activities Provision of Seed Rice Drying and Cleaning FacilitiesAppropriate seed moisture content assuredClean and disease-free seeds assuredi. Construction of drying floorsii. Acquisition of appropriate machinery for post harvest handling of seed rice (e.g. dryers, seed cleaners and disinfectors)Provision of Cold Storage FacilitiesNine seed storage facilities operational country widei. Construction of 3 new seed storage facilitiesii. Rehabilitation and upgrading of six existing seed storage facilitiesiii. Bidding for contractors to undertake provision of the above requirements.
9 Cost and Financing Item/Activity No. Required Unit Cost (GH.C) Total Cost (GH.C)Provision of drying floorsAcquisition of:Mechanical dryersSeed cleanersSeed disinfectors4001020 35,000140,000,000i. Construction of new seed storage facilitiesii. Rehabilitation and upgrading of existing seed storage facilitiesiii. Bidding for contractors to undertake provision of the above requirements.361
10 Implementation Strategy of Project 1. Setting up of Project Implementation Committee2. Initial inspection of existing facilities3. Assessment of requirements for rehabilitation and upgradingof old facilities4. Acquisition of sites for construction of new facilities5. Assessment of requirements for new facility and bidding
11 Implementation Strategy of Project - cont. The facilities would be managed by the District/Regional Directors of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.Partners in the implementation of project should be identified, based on roles that they would play in actualizing the plans.The potential partners, among others, include:The Ghana Rice Inter-professional Body (GRIB)Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Programme (ADVANCE)Japan International Cooperation (JICA)
12 Project Organization and Management The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) would coordinate the activities of the various stakeholders, through Regional, Municipal and District Directors of Agriculture.This would be in conjunction with the Project Implementation Committee.
13 Monitoring and Evaluation Monitoring and Evaluation would be undertaken by the Project Implementation Committee and the Municipal/District Assemblies.During implementation of the project, data, reports, physical checks and tracking will form the basis for monitoring and evaluation.
14 Risks Non availability of project funds Issues with land tenure iii) Out-grower farmers not accepting to grow recommended seed because of inadequate remuneration, and hence making the provided facilities underutilized.iv) Farmers may choose to obtain seed from their previous crop and, therefore, not patronize seed from the central warehouse.