Ghana Loses GHc 1.6 Billion In Rice Import Yearly - Yaw Buaben Reveals

National Communications Director of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Yaw Buaben Asamoa, has urged Ghanaians to support President Nana Akufo-Addo's '1 District, 1 Factory' (1D1F) policy.

President Nana Addo Akufo-Addo says Ghana is ready to partner entities under the 1D1F initiative to create more jobs.

"Our country doesn't believe in discrimination . . . be it a Ghanaian or foreign business, we are prepared to support, under our 1DIF, to grow our local economies," the President said during his commissioning of the third phase of KEDA Ghana Ceramics Company.

Keda (Ghana) Ceramics Company Limited, formerly called Twyford Ghana Ceramics, is located in the Shama District of the Western Region.

Yaw Buaben Asamoa was optimistic the initiative will ensure local producers gain power to produce more commodities for both local and foreign consumption.

Speaking on Peace FM's morning show 'Kokrokoo' programme, Mr. Buaben Asamoa revealed that Ghana loses over 1 billion cedis into importation of rice annually, therefore called on Ghanaians to support the President with his vision of industrialization to discourage imports.

"We import rice at 1.6 billion cedis a year. If this money was to go into the pockets of our farmers, won't their lives change? Wouldn't they be able to build houses in their farms? Couldn't they buy cars? Would they not be able to send their children abroad for further studies?'', he stated.

He stressed, "Let's support and admit the 1D1F will enhance our progress".