Sept. 12, GNA – About 1,600 farmers in the Kwahu West Municipality have
benefited from government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD)
grafted cocoa and oil palm seedlings to the farmers, Mr Yaw Owusu-Addo, the
Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said, the assembly raised 70,000 cocoa
seedlings and 3,600 oil palm seedlings to be distributed to the farmers to
enable them to expand their farms.
He stressed that
the various policies and programmes rolled out by government were geared
towards the development agenda of the country.
Mr Owusu-Addo said
government attaches seriousness to agriculture hence his intervention to ensure
that the agricultural sector gets a boost.
He assured that the
distribution would not only end and that the beneficiary farmers would be
supported technically by the district’s agricultural field officers, to ensure
successful production of the cocoa and oil palm seedlings in the district.
He said there are
plans to create more of the nursery sites in other communities to ensure
proximity to the farmers.
The MCE urged
farmers in the area to take advantage of the various agricultural interventions
and incentives to increase production and improve their livelihoods.
Mr. Owusu- Addo
therefore entreated the beneficiary farmers not to hesitate to contact his
office for any assistance to ensure that the PERD Programme succeeds.
Mr Seth Yeboah, the
Municipal Director of Agriculture, commended government for the initiative and
called on the youth to enroll onto the programme to improve their livelihood.
Mr Kweku Busia, who
spoke on behalf of the farmers, expressed profound gratitude to the government
for the initiative and promised that they would work hard to increase cashew
production in the district.