4,000 hybrid coconut seedlings were supplied to the beneficiary farmers at a cost of GHS35, 000.00. The lucky farmers, who benefitted from the hybrid coconut seedlings distribution, were selected from the farming communities in the district.
Presenting the seedlings, Nana Okyere- Tawiah Antwi, the Atwima Kwanwoma District Chief Executive Officer (DCE) said, the intervention would boost and sustain the agriculture business, reduce and ensure food security in the District and the country as a whole.
He said that the beneficiaries were given exhaustive training on the project to enable them cultivate the seedlings well.
According to him, inspections were done on the beneficiary farmers’ lands to ascertain whether they had spaces to cultivate the seedlings to ensure value for money.
He also cautioned the beneficiary farmers not to sell the seedlings and disclosed that the Assembly in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) directorate would constantly monitor the farmers against diversion of the seedlings.
The DCE indicated that coconut farming was very rewarding and encouraged the youth in the area to take advantage of it.
“Agriculture is the backbone of Ghana’s economy, which helps accrue more revenue to enable the government to improve on the country’s infrastructure, especially the road network and other social amenities. I encourage the youth in the district to go into farming since it could create employment and job avenues for them”, he said.
Nana Okyere- Tawiah Antwi also disclosed to the media that he is a farmer, hence, encouraged any youth who wanted to go into farming to call on him for assistance.
The DCE also advised the youth to shun laziness, illicit activities and deviant behavior that can ruin their future and rather engage in farming activities for economic freedom.
The farmers thanked the DCE for the kind gesture and promised not to sell the seedlings but use them to boost coconut production in the district and the country as a whole
On his part, the district director for agriculture, Patrick Akwasi Anim added that demand for coconut over the years had increased, and therefore appealed to the beneficiary farmers to properly maintain their farms to improve yield and earn more income.
He appealed to the farmers not to apply unrecognized chemicals that can cause the seedlings to die, saying, the Assembly spent huge sums of money to procure them and that they must take good care of them for their own welfares.
Source: David Afum