The Techiman Municipality has vowed to take the lead in ensuring the success of the government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) Programme especially with cashew.
Various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been tasked to support Agriculture and help make it attractive to unemployed youth of the country. This follows the government’s determination to raise agricultural production and make it more lucrative.
Following this directive, the Techiman Municipality; a major cashew growing community in Ghana is putting in extra efforts to boost production and ensure the success of the PERD Programme.
Municipal Chief Executive of Techiman; John Kofi Donyinah tells newsmen he has agriculture at heart and will do all within his powers to ensure a boost in agricultural production and revenues.
The Assembly has already began assisting farmers with free seedlings, fertilizer and other agro-inputs to ensure the realization of this objective.
For this year’s planting season, the Techiman Municipal Assembly with supervision from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has nursed about 280,000 cashew seedlings for free distribution to some 1,750 farmers. Each farmer is expected to receive 160 seedlings.
During a brief ceremony to present the inputs, the MCE projected that the free seedlings will be raised from the current 280,000 to 500,000 next year.
The beneficiary farmers who were excited expressed gratitude for the gesture. Mr. Kingsley Owusu Acheampong; Chairman of the Techiman Municipal Cashew Producers and marketing Union was also full of praise for the President, MCE and the PERD Coordinator for the area; Mr. Stephen Agyei for his professionalism and support for the farmers.
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