Views: 726 Ishmael A. Junourgh,Tuobodom, Friday, February 2, 2018, 12:45pm District Chief Executive (DCE) for Techiman North has said high demand for ...
Ishmael A. Junourgh,Tuobodom, Friday, February 2, 2018, 12:45pm
District Chief Executive (DCE) for Techiman North has said high demand for cashew is currently swaying more farmers from the cultivation of traditional crops in the area.
Currently, a kilo of cashew nuts sells at 8Gh¢, and a hundred-kilo, 800Gh¢, slightly above cocoa.
The DCE, Mr. Peter Mensah said the District Agricultural Directorate under the directive of the Assembly was educating the farmers on inter cropping so to sustain the cultivation of traditional crops like yam, maize and cassava.
He said it was very crucial the government create ready markets for the other crops too per the examples of the cashew demand because the farmers were picking up faster with corresponding production levels, and that would make the agric sector a major source of employment indeed for the teeming unemployed youth of the country.
He said the Assembly would be doing 35, 000 seedlings to be distributed among registered farmers in the District. And that so far more than 1000 farmers had registered for the seedlings. Mr. Peter expressed certainty that cashew production in the soonest was going to alleviate the people from poverty.
He said for the farmers to maximise yields with the 35,000 seedlings, the District Agricultural Directorate had assigned each hundred farmers, an extension officer to educate them on better ways of cultivating the cash crop.
He said for example that some of the farmers were crowding the seedlings per an acre of farm land.