From Richard Owusu-Akyaw
Over 1,400 cocoa and cashew farmers, drawn from Besoro, Woraso, Anonanya, Bodomase, Ntantare, Kumawu, Abotanso, Bodomase, Oyoko, Dadease, Akokyere, Temate, Pepease and other communities in the Sekyere Kumawu District of the region, are to benefit from the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) initiative to boost agriculture in the district.
Each of the beneficiary farmers would be given 50 seedlings free of charge under the local government initiative launched by the Local Government Ministry to alleviate poverty and uplift the living standards of farmers in Kumawu.
At a handing over ceremony, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Samuel Addai Agyekum, explained that since the district is in a farming enclave, they had streamlined things to enable the indigenes undertake commercial farming.
According to him, the district was able to nurse 2,000 seedlings for over 1,400 cocoa farmers most of whom are the youth.
He said the Assembly is also giving out 20,000 cashew beds to farmers to help them to change the paradigm of subsistence farming to large scale farming, to enable them to make a better living.
Addai Agyekum said that the government will spray the cocoa trees, as well as help every farmer involve in the PERD to plant the seedlings, because it wanted to track their progress.
The DCE said, in line with President Akufo-Addo’s resolve to change the status quo, he had directed that funds must be made available to farmers to work on their farms, unlike the previous years when farmers were not even captured in the government’s budget, and during which times funds available for the maintenance of government vehicles was even higher than the budget for farmers.
In another development, the District Assembly has given out GH¢16,000 from the its Common Fund to support students in the payment of school fees.
DCE Addai Agyekum urged parents and guardians to advise their wards against the use of the infamous Tramadol drug.