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Atebubu (B/A), July 28, GNA - Atebubu-Amantin District Assembly has embarked on commercial rice farming on 50 acres of land to boost internally generated funds.The project will also create employment, business opportunities and economic growth as well as encourage market-led rice farming in the district.The envisaged long-term growth of the project will help reduce rural poverty and contribute significantly to Ghana's quest for self-sufficiency in rice production.Mr. Sanja Nanja, the District Chief Executive, told the GNA that with technical assistance of ADVANCE (Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement, a USAID-sponsored program that has been working in the district), the project stands the chance of achieving an improved yield of 4.5 metric tonnes (MT) per hectare, up from the national average of 2MT per hectare, with an expected revenue of GHc 134,000 per season.

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Courtesy: GhanaWeb

Date: 28th July 2010