The Techiman North District in the Brong-Ahafo Region, has distributed 20,000 grafted cashew seedlings to 250 farmers in the District.
The District Chief Executive for the area (DCE), Peter Mensah, told The Chronicle that the initiative is in line with the President’s policy for rural development, under the planting for export and industrialisation initiative.
At the forum for the distribution, the DCE cautioned the farmers to take the project seriously for their own benefit and the country at large.
He said Techiman North District has adopted cashew farming as one of the major cash crops that would help boost the local economy.
Mr. Mensah said the farmers will receive the seedlings free of charge, as well as technical support to enable them get the full benefit of the project.
He further to explained that technical evaluation had been made, and for every two acres of cashew planted, farmers will make yields of not less than GH¢18,000 annually, and this will boost their income and eradicate poverty.
The Techiman North District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Paul Tolong, said the grafted cashew seedlings was an improved variety over the local breed and has a shorter period of maturity, compared to the local species.
He noted that with the improved seedlings, one can be sure of improvement in the yield and good harvests, because the improved seedlings have undergone a series of technical analysis before being adopted.
Nana Kwasi Daniel, Chief of Atresu and also the National Best Cashew Farmer for 2015, commended the government for the initiative, saying it will help most farmers in the district and the country at large.
He stressed that farmers needed seedlings and technical advice, and that is exactly what has been catered for by the government.