A communications officer with the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Asamoah Gyemfi has opined that some Ghanaian businesses are not thinking outside the box.
According to him, business owners should be able to take advantage especially in the agric sector, to help create more jobs and cut down on Ghana's import bill for rice.
He was responding to Ghana’s annual rice import bill which is estimated at $400m.
President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Akinwumi recently said Ghana has the capacity and resources to produce rice for consumption and export.
Addressing a dinner organised for him by the Ministry of Finance in Accra, Mr Adesina pledged the AfDB’s support to Ghana in the area of rice production.
Commenting on the rice annual bill, Mr. Gyemfi said business owners are not taking advantage of the situation to invest in the agric sector.
He said, this is a business opportunity hence the need for investors to invest in local rice production.
The rice imported from other countries cannot be compared to our local rice, he said. People complain that the local rice is watery but what they fail to know is that, the local is fresher than the imported ones.
He said, the only alternative for job creation is through agriculture and I will say that, business persons are not taking advantage of the opportunities available.
Commenting on the seven months of Nana Addo, he said we are on the way to economic stability, inflation is dropping further and the current president is on track to maintain a robust economy.
The NPP government in his view is taking strong fiscal decisions to ensure that Ghanaians enjoy the major promises made by the NPP.
He admonished Ghanaians to exercise patience with government as it is on the path to achieving all their promises.
The government will have to fix the mess by the former government and so we will have to exercise patience, he said.