Source: Sentinelle Bf, 2019

An unexploited wealth

Guineans are among Africa’s largest rice consumers, and the country imports a considerable amount of its rice. This grain is the first line of spending, and its import is a significant financial burden on the country. What type of rice? It is one of the several types of rice cultivated in the area for its economy. Among the various types of rice grown locally, “mud” rice (also known as Barabarai or mangrove rice) accounts for a significant portion of production and, more importantly, has considerable growth potential in cultivated areas. Barabarai rice, often known as mangrove rice, is an essential agricultural commodity in Guinea called “mud rice” in the national language Sousou (Balde et al., 2018). Compared to other local rice and notably imported rice, this rice is mostly organic and has qualities consumers like. Promoting this rice is a fantastic idea for the country. Creating a quality label in a collective brand enables to fight the appropriation of Barabarai Rice’s name on the market, reap more good profits to improve quality, and raise the national revenue. However, most farms are small family plots that rely on the meaning of? Farming for most of their output. In total, more than 860,000 people in the coastal region are projected to rely on agriculture for their sustenance(GREEN CLIMATE FUND, 2019), and Guinea is one of the poorest countries in the world, with around 85 percent of the people engaged in consistent agriculture (Ramsay, 2021).

Source: Desmier, 2014                                             
Source: Diallo, 2015

How to change the Trend: Golden Assets for Government and Investors to delve deeper into

The mechanization of rice production can be a profitable asset for Guinea’s social and economic growth while harnessing the potential of tractors, rice mill machines, and drones in the different central regions of Guinea where rice is mainly cultivated, such as Basse Guinee and Guinee forestiere. A way forward is to emphasize these other modern farming technologies to boost the local rice production, which is called Barabarai rice, in order to commercialize and market it on a national and international scale, instead of producing for livelihood, considering the Barabarai rice production as an asset whereby we can invest in, are a milestones step for the development of the country. So many opportunities can be exploited in this by investors, government, and international organizations in order to promote the national products and brand the name of the country with its different natural resources, which can enable the country to have accelerated growth and invest in so many sectors that are also backward, such education while investing in the infrastructure, because so many schools are not well equipped with different facilities in the regions, even in the capital. Therefore the Barabarai rice production can be a cornerstone of economic and social development in Guinea.

Let’s look at Japan’s political strategies in the Rice Production: What makes an island stronger than Golden Countries ( African Continent)

Source: Japan Agri Trading

The new technologies used in Japan include:

  • Drones that can spray crops with fertilizer and pesticides.
  • Rice transplanting machines equipped with GPS.
  • Lower supermarket prices

This aided farm enterprises by bolstering Japan’s falling rice consumption and increasing the competitiveness of exports. Rice is more than just food in Japan. Since antiquity, rice has been the mainstay of the national diet, providing food and defining landscapes, providing jobs, and informing cultural traditions (Takano, 2020). Several initiatives, including promotional actions in collaboration with the government, exporters, and rice producers, are undertaken to popularize and share Japanese rice with a broader audience worldwide. Tasting events, for example, have been arranged in a number of countries in order to provide local consumers and restaurant owners with the opportunity to sample high-quality Japanese rice. Participants learned how to create inarizushi and cook excellent rice at the food tasting session. Rice growers from Japan attended the event in person to testify to the quality of their rice. More Japanese merchants and restaurants are attempting to export Japanese rice and rice-related items; Iwai Corporation, one of the strategic exporters selected by MAFF to promote Japanese rice exports, has rice ball shops in New York and New Jersey as Paris, France. The company buys brown rice directly from contracted farmers around Japan and mills and prepares it on-site in the stores to keep the rice high. Wakka Japan, another MAFF-designated strategic exporter, received the Minister’s Prize in 2017 for its successful agricultural export promotion operations (JAPAN GOV, 2020).

My entrepreneurial ideas about the Barabarai Rice production in Guinea

Since the Agricultural sector has been left out in Guinea, specifically the Barabarai rice production, which is meant to be a golden asset for the Government, however, I came up with a business idea whereby we can reduce youth unemployment, hunger,  and poverty rate in Guinea through Agriculture and Agri processing in the Barabarai rice production which this way will run:

Firstly, since Guinea has fertile soil, the agricultural sector generates more capital. My profitable company will connect smallholder farmers in various regions with our various tractors, allowing them to increase their productivity, allowing them to produce more and more not only for a living but also for us to achieve our goal of expanding our local food supply and allowing people to consume what we produce locally. To close the gap in the agricultural sector, I will distribute tractors to small-scale farmers through an app called (LA GUINAI KHAIRI), which will allow them to communicate directly with our professional agents throughout Guinea, including the Basse Guinee Moyenne Guinee, Haute Guinee, and Guinee Forestiere. Farmers are also not expected to pay for the services after the harvest; instead, they are expected to bring the products to our Agri-processing company, where they will be transformed into finished products, and then they will be able to become our external stakeholders while earning profits, allowing us to market our products on a national and international level.

Call To Action

It is crucial as upcoming African leaders to make our responsibility order to contribute to the development of our country because nobody can do it; it all depends on us directly or indirectly; we need to start doing tiny activities in our communities to overcome the daily challenges that people around us are facing. Considering the Agricultural sector in Africa, despite all the drawbacks, downfall, and incapacity of some African leaders to scale up the agricultural sector with all the potential natural resources that  Africa has, we, as upcoming African leaders is to come up with some meaningful and purposeful business ideas in order to scale up the Agricultural sector which can be beneficial and profitable for the whole population. As a result, it does not mean doing big things now, but start doing small things from time to time; you will be doing great things that will contribute to your country’s social and economic growth. Now is the time to get up and tie the challenges that our community faces on your neck in order to change a life; I believe in you, and I hope we shall overcome !!!.


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