Mr Emmanuel Kofi Agyemang, the Dormaa East District Chief Executive (DCE), has called for the cultivation of Cashew, Coffee and Cocoa (CCC) on large scales because they are very lucrative farming ventures.
He said due to their multi-purpose usefulness and high economic returns for farmers and the nation, they would continue to be the foundation of the nation’s cash crops industry and help ensure that agriculture remains the hub of the national economy.
He said this could be achieved if districts with favourable climatic conditions promote the cultivation of such crops.
Under the Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) Programme, he said, the District has undertaken the cultivation of CCC to boost both the local and national economies.
Mr Agyemang was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency when he toured a coffee nursery field at Miwirenfiriwuo, a farming community in the Dormaa East District of the Bono Region.
It was part of his two-day inspection tour to ascertain the progress of farms under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs), PERD and the Modernising Agriculture in Ghana (MAG) Programmes in the District.
He was accompanied by some officials of the District Assembly and the District Directorate of Agriculture.
The DCE said the seedlings were being given for free by the Assembly with the technical support of the Agriculture Directorate and entreated farmers and prospective farmers to develop the interest in tree crop farming, particularly, the ‘three Cs’ to enrich themselves.
He ended the tour on Friday with the commencement of the distribution of 500,000 cashew seedlings to about 2,000 registered farmers in the District.
Mr Solomon Kwajo Gyan, a beneficiary farmer, who received 3,000 and 1,000 cashew seedlings this year and last year respectively, in addition to 8,000 cocoa seedlings within the period, commended government and the District Assembly for the “wonderful support to farmers”.
He said through the programme, he has cultivated 30 acres of cashew and 18 acres of cocoa at Kofi Nyamekyekrom, another farming community in the District, and expressed optimism that by 2020 he would be harvesting.
Mr Laud Nunoo Ntreh, the District Officer responsible for coffee nurseries also told the GNA that the distribution of 510,000 coffee seedlings were on-going for farmers at Dormaa-Akwamu, Wamfie, Wamanafoo, Kyeremaasu, Kwaku-Nyamekrom, Akontanim, Supong and Miwirenfiriwuo, coffee growing communities in the District.
He said 400 registered farmers would benefit from the seedling distribution based on their request to expand tree crop farming in the District.