Berekum Farmers Get Free Cashew

Kofi Adjei

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE)
of Berekum, Kofi Adjei, has distributed 2,000 grafted cashew seedlings free of
charge to farmers in Berekum and its environs in the Bono Region.

It forms part of efforts to boost
the Planting for Export programme launched by the government this year.

Speaking to the beneficiaries during
the distribution exercise, the MCE charged the farmers to make sure they put
the seedlings to good use, since it would take only three years for the cashew
to bear fruits.

He said with the launch of the
Cashew Development Board by President Akufo-Addo at Wenchi, cashew farmers
would no more be at the mercy of businessmen who buy the beans at the farm gate
at a ridiculously cheap price.

He said apart from the free
seedlings that farmers would enjoy, they would also be given technical support
by agric extension officers deployed by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

Mr. Adjei said the NPP government
was investing heavily in agriculture and, therefore, beneficiaries should make
sure they took good care of their cashew farms, particularly during the dry
season.

According to him, aside from cashew
cultivation, farmers should take the opportunity to join
the Planting for Food and Jobs flagship programme.

He announced that for the first
time in the history of Ghana, plantain was being exported to neighbouring
countries like Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.

Besides, the MCE advised the youth
in particular to venture into farming, as the future belongs to them.

He said instead of embarking on a perilous
journey to Libya and crossing the dangerous Mediterranean Sea to reach Europe
to engage in menial jobs, it would be better for them to stay back home and
cultivate cashew and make money within three years without any risk.

From Eric Bawah, Berekum



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