The Akrofuom District Assembly has distributed over 6,000 free oil palm seedlings to farmers for planting this season to help improve production in the district.
The District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Jonas Maurice Woode, said at the handing over ceremony of seedlings to the farmers the target of the assembly was to supply over 60,000 oil palm seedlings to farmers so that, going forward, the district could boast of the establishment of a major oil palm production factory.
To ensure the realisation of the dream of the assembly, Mr. Woode entreated the various communities in the district to make their own nurseries, while the assembly provides oil palm seedlings and polythene bags to them.
“I urge you to make your own nurseries at your various community level. Request whatever number of seeds you desire, and the assembly will be ready to pay for the cost of the seeds and other logistics you may require. When that happens, you will have enough oil palm seedlings for your farms,” he said.
The DCE also noted that to help famers improve upon their yield in cocoa production, the assembly, this year, is distributing 24,000 free cocoa seedlings to farmers, while the Cocoa Services Division of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) is also giving out 300,000 free cocoa seedlings.
The District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Richard Kwaku Nyamekye, who was overwhelmed by the large number of farmers who applied for the oil palm seedlings but could not get the quantity they each needed, charged them to exercise restraint while efforts were being made to get them seedlings from the nursery of the Minerals Commission at Dunkwa-On-Offin.
Mr. Alex Gyebi, on behalf of the farmers, thanked the assembly for supporting them with the seedlings.
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