The Techiman Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), John Kofi Donyina, has distributed 280,000 poly-clonial cashew seedlings to 1,000 farmers in the Municipality.
The MCE assured that the Assembly has nursed enough poly-clonial cashew seedlings for all farmers in the Municipality.
Addressing a gathering at the launch of the free distribution of the poly-clonial cashew seedlings for the 2019 season, organised by the Assembly, the MCE said the move was in line with the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs initiative.
Mr. Donyina said cashew farming was now a lucrative business in this country, and explained that the vision of the Planting for Food and Jobs programme is to provide money for farmers to enable them cater for their families.
He urged farmers to plant and nurse more cashew trees, because foreign donors from Canada have pledged to support the programme. The MCE appealed to farmers to adopt good farming practices, and also follow the instructions of the Agriculture Extension Officers.
The Municipal Director of Agriculture, Mr. Eric Hudson Asamani, explained that the Agriculture Department had released more extension officers within the Municipality to assist farmers in the planting of the poly-clonial seedlings.
He added that this type is the improved variety with quality yields, and it produces more healthy seeds than the local variety.
Mr. Asamani said farmers who want to apply fertiliser to their poly-clonial cashew seedlings in order for it to yield more can do so, and stressed that the extension officers were ready to support farmers in the Municipality to meet their dreams.
He advised farmers to adopt the irrigation farming methods to water their cashew plants in case the rain pattern fails them.
The Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Gyeile Nurah, said that the Bono-East Region is one of the leading producers of cashew in the country, and explained that the government will soon establish a development authority that will manage cashew in the country, and there will be no cheating or differences in the prices of cashew.
He thanked all beneficiaries for taking part in the President’s initiatives that is geared towards ensuring the welfare of farmers in the country.
The Techiman Municipal Chairman of the Cashew Growers Association, Mr. Kingsley Owusu Acheampong, appealed to the government to increase the prices of cashew in the country.
The beneficiaries applauded the government for the good initiative, and pleaded for more support that will help farmers get enough money to cater for their families.
Pix: John Donyina, Techiman Municipal Chief Executive, presenting seedlings to the farmers