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The average rice yield in Ghana is estimated to be 2.5 tons/hectare (MOFA?2009?2011), while the achievable yield based on on-farm trials is 6?8 tons/hectare. Low adoption of inputs and improved technologies is often cited as the major reason for this gap. With the aim of increasing productivity, the National Rice Development Strategy was approved in 2009, the national fertilizer subsidy program was introduced in 2008 (with rice as one of the focus crops), and a seed subsidy was announced in 2012 (with rice as one of the focus crops). Import levies and other taxes add up to almost 40 percent of the value of rice imports, suggesting heavy protection of local rice production. However, productivity remains low and the country is still dependent on imports, which account for 50?70 percent of domestic consumption.
To determine current technology adoption levels and better understand the constraints to and incentives for adoption, a nationally representative survey of 576 rice farmers in 23 districts in 10 regions in Ghana was implemented from November 2012 to February 2013. This study aims to provide up-to-date analysis using rarely collected nationwide data on the patterns of adoption of improved technologies for rice in?Ghana.

Author:
Ragasa, Catherine
Dankyi, Awere
Acheampong, Patricia
Wiredu, Alexander Nimo
Chapoto, Antony
Asamoah, Marian
Tripp, Robert
Publisher:
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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