STMA Distributes 3,500 Coconut Seedlings

Kobina Kurentsir Sam

The
Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) has inaugurated one of the
government’s flagship programme, Planting for Exports Rural and Development
(PERD) with distribution of three thousand five hundred (3,500) seedlings of
coconut to farmers. 

The Metro Chief
Executive, Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam indicated that the PERD programme was
aimed at achieving the President’s vision of making agriculture economically
viable and to bring about good financial returns to the country. 

He added that the
Assembly intends to cultivate and distribute twenty thousand (20,000) coconut
and five thousand palm oil seedlings to farmers for free. 

The
Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor hinted that the Assembly opted for the cultivation of
the two crops in view of their economic potentials to the farmers and the
nation as a whole. 

He, therefore,
admonished the youth to take advantage of the venture to get them
employed. 

He reminded the
beneficiaries that, personnel from the Agriculture department of the assembly
would be visiting their farms periodically to monitor how they were maintaining
the seedlings. 

He commended all
the participating farmers for accepting to be part of the programme and urged
them to make good use and take advantage of all government policies and
programmes. 

The Metropolitan
Director of Agriculture, Daniel Bentum Essel indicated that the Assembly
recognized the economic benefits of the two crops hence their selection. 

He added that the
Assembly was cultivating more coconut seedlings because majority of the
registered farmers were interested in the coconut than the palm oil.

He also assured
the participating farmers that his outfit was having adequate personnel to
support and give them all the necessary technical advice to improve the farms.

On behalf of the
beneficiaries, John Arhin, a member of the assembly, thanked the Assembly and
the government for the PERD programme. 

He indicated that
the programme would ultimately help farmers to improve their finances.

He assured the Assembly that the assembly members would cooperate with the Agriculture extension officers to ensure proper maintenance of the crops.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi



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