Ajumako Assembly to empower farmers with 2.5m seedlings

Ajumako-Besease (CR)- Reverend Ransford Kwesi Nyarko, the District Chief Executive for the Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Assembly, has efforts are being made to to supply over 2.5million seedlings to farmers in the area.

This includes 1.5 million cocoa seedlings as well as 50,000 coconut and oil palm seedlings respectively to give strong boost to the cultivation of crops as part of government’s broader strategy to promote at least one exportable product in all districts.

Addressing participants at a maiden town hall meeting, the District Chief Executive, said the Assembly sought to modernize agriculture to effectively increase production, processing and export of main crops in the area to raise income of farmers and reduce unemployment rate in the District.

The distribution, he said, would target more youth to give meaning to the Government’s pledge to attract and retain youth engaged agriculture to maintain national food security.

It is also to encourage farmers in the constituency to grow staple foods in large quantities to increase productivity and to also create employment for people.

The Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana COCOBOD would establish three new seed production nurseries at Obrawogum, Abaasa and Fawomanye with 6,000 production capacity, while expanding the existing seed production sites at Ochiso and Essiam from 490,000 to 900,000 respectively, he noted.

In addition to that it would also renovate cocoa offices across the District to reach out to farmers with timely information and a host of other comprehensive services to increase production.

Rev Nyarko called on farmers to register under government’s flagship programme ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ to increase food production.

On the Fall Army Worm, he indicated that government had supplied chemicals to deal with the worms and urged the farmers to constantly monitor their farms for early detection of the worms and report to the office for assistance.

The DCE said his doors were opened to investors and businessmen who want to partner with the Assembly to speed up development in the district.

Source: Ghana News Agency