Saturday, June 2, 2012

Ghana’s rice production will fall due to climate change

SpyGhana: Ghana is likely to experience a shortfall in rice production due to erratic rainfall and excessive heat. The nation’s policy makers must therefore take mitigation and adaptation measures to ensure that the agriculture sector is not ravaged by the effects of climate change.

Climate change watchers at a Media forum in Koforidua on Friday, who made this known, indicated that climate change brought about drought, floods as well as depletion of aquifers, which guarantee underground water.

Mr Ronald Abrahams, of the Water Resources Commission (WRC), said while industrialised or developed countries used more water in their industrial production, poor countries including Ghana used more water for agricultural purposes.

He said currently the world was faced with water crisis where groundwater over drafting was leading to diminished agricultural yields.

He urged journalists to focus on issues that directly affect the Ghanaian populace due to climate change to create awareness and the needed responses in policy making and implementation....

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