This year's rice harvest in Ghana promises to be a good one and the country is gradually becoming self-sufficient in rice production.
GV PAN: reservoir at Vea.
LV AND GV PAN: Irrigation canal leading to land under cultivation (2 shots)
SV AND CU: men and women harvesting rice. (2 shots)
CU PAN: harvested rice carried to threshing area.
CU, SV AND LV: men, women and children threshing rice with sticks (3 shots)
CU AND SV: overseer watches as rice is put into sacks. (3 shots)
GV: Bolgatanga rice mill
SV AND CU: machines processing rice. (2 shots)
SV AND CU: girls removing foreign matter from milled rice. (3 shots)
SV AND CU: girls sealing 2 kg bags of quality rice. (3 shots)
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Background: This year's rice harvest in Ghana promises to be a good one and the country is gradually becoming self-sufficient in rice production.
SYNOPSIS: The Vea Dam was constructed ten years ago. It helps to irrigate thousands of hectares of land used to grow rice as well as tomatoes. It also provides drinking water for Bolgatanga, the capital of Ghana's Upper Region.
Farmers in the area have formed community cooperatives to cut cost and increase productivity. Results of such a joint venture are usually good.
It is rice harvesting time in the country now and in the villages around the Vea Dam the people are forming teams to work in the fields. The harvest is a difficult task as the country lacks modern machinery or spare parts for machines. Some have been out of order for as long as three years.
A method applied to threshing the rice is also rather a traditional one - but so are the songs sung at work.
However - this year's rice harvest is a good one. A plot that usually would yield about 30 pounds (14 kilogrammes) of grain a day is yielding as much as 132 pounds (60 kilogrammes) of rice this year, more than four times as much.
The grain is sent to a rice mill at Bolgatanga. There it's milled and marketed. Recently this part of the country was visited by Colonel P.K. Nkegbe, Ghana's Commissioner for Agriculture.
After having inspected the area, as well as one of the best rice-growing zones in the Northern Region, the Commissioner said that Ghana would be self-sufficient in rice production by 1980 if the Ministry of Agriculture's four-year rice development programme was fully implemented.