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Rice Production in Ghana Aveyime rice project risks collapse, managers warn

They claim the electric pumps use to transfer water onto near by farms have become expensive to operate.

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Aveyime rice project risk collapse over irrigation cost, managers warn

Managers of Aveyime Rice Project have warned that the revived project risk collapse over huge electricity bills.

They claim the electric pumps use to transfer water onto near by farms have become expensive to operate.

Irrigation authority development officials lament that the recent  increases in electricity tariffs have worsen the situation.

The project allows farmers to pump water from the Volta river to water their crops.

According to managers of the project, they used to pay about GHC11 thousand per month  to the Electricity Company of Ghana but with the recent adjustment in electricity tariffs, each farmer now pays GHC10 thousand per hector of land for each cropping season.

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Ernest Yaka, Secretary of the farmers cooperative, told Accra based Joy FM that the situation is making it difficult for farmers to break even.

The former project manager Joshua Tahi warns the project is near collapse.  He reveals that they owe about GHC83 thousand, adding that "three, four months back we were paying the bill at GHC8 thousand."

"This is threatening the project," he adds. He further adds that if not for some benevolent investors they could not have settled their  bills.

The current project manager, Samuel Debrah, appealed to government to intervene and reduce the tarrif.

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