From Ernest Best Anane, Manso Adubia
Otumfuo’s Werempihene, Nana Opia Mensah, who is the Chief of Manso-Mim in the Amansie South District of Ashanti region, has commended President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and his government for the “Planting for food and jobs” and “planting for Export and Rural Development” programmes.
He described the programmes as laudable and a game changer, intended to bring improvement into the lives of the individual farmers and the economy of the country as a whole.
The occasion was the launching of the programmes at Manso-Adubia, the district capital on Friday, where the Mim chief challenged the farmers to register to partake in the programme to enable them benefit from government’s subsidised seedlings and equipment to help achieve government’s dream and objectives of Ghana’s Beyond Aid.
Mr. Williams Asante Bediako, the District Chief Executive for the Amansie South, presented Knapsack Solo Sprays, Wellington Boots and Cutlasses to the registered farmers in the programme and entreated the beneficiary farmers and those who are yet to be registered to take the programme seriously, by supporting the president’s vision on the Planting for food & jobs and planting for export.
He explained that the vision of the president is to empower farmers to make lives better for them and cautioned the supervisors of the mass cocoa spraying against politicisation of the exercise in order to increase yields, towards becoming the number one cocoa production country.
The DCE, together with his management, took the farmers to an oil palm seedling nursing site which would distribute to the farmers to kick-start the planting for export programme.
According to the DCE, the district is starting with about 13,000 oil palm seedlings this year, which would be increased to 20,000 and beyond in the subsequent years.
Mr. John Swanzy, the District Agriculture Director also advised the farmers to buy improved seedlings at government’s subsidised prices from the directorate, in other to get the appropriate seedlings for their land.