In an effort to improve and boost the agricultural base of the Wenchi Municipality in the Bono Region, the Wenchi Municipal Assembly, in collaboration with the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), has distributed over 200,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers to help boost production.
The distribution of the free cocoa seedlings is in line to support the government’s flagship programme, “Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERP) under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative, of which cocoa is an integral crop in the implementation of the programme.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Wenchi, Dr Prince Kwakye Afriyie, said the cocoa seedlings project is part of President Nana Akufo-Addo and the government’s vision to support farmers across the country.
He advised the teeming unemployed youth of Wenchi to involve themselves in the various agriculture policies outlined by the government to create jobs and income.
The Executive Director of the Seed Production Unit (SPU) of COCOBOD in Wenchi, Shadrach Oware Antwi, said his outfit had raised 220,210 cocoa seedlings, in addition to 17,000 coffee seedlings and 2,948 ” framo trees” for distribution to farmers.
Explaining how cocoa farmers can access the seedlings, Mr. Oware Antwi said interested farmers need to register through its extension officers working in the various communities.
He further noted that the registration would take into account the size of the farm, the type of farm, as well as the quantity of seedlings the person required.
Reverend Asare Bediako, a retired Baptist Church Pastor, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, was thankful for the support.