10,000 Lawra farmers to receive free cashew seedlings

About 10,000 farmers and groups in the Lawra Municipality are to receive free supply of cashew seedlings from the Municipal Assembly for planting under the government’s “Planting for Export and Rural Development”(PERD) programme.

The assembly has already procured and distributed 44,000 early-maturing and high yielding varieties of cashew seedlings of Brazilian origin to over 500 farmers.

Mr Bomba-Ire Martin Domotiere, the Municipal Chief Executive announced this during an inspection tour of some cashew farms being established in the Municipality under the PERD programme.

He was impressed with the work done by the 72-member “Summa” group of aged and disabled persons in the Boo community who have cultivated a 6-acre cashew farm.

At Bagri, where the MCE toured a 21-acre cashew plantation belonging to Naa Puowelle Karbo III, Paramount Chief of Lawra, he was simply amazed at the extensive work done by the chief and urged other chiefs to emulate his example.

Mr Wanfaar Karbo, the farm manager, who took the MCE and his team round said the chief and his people were determined to tap into the PERD programme to help improve their economic power and the development of the area.

At Babile, where the MCE visited his own 12-acre cashew plantation, he gave the assurance that the municipal assembly would make adequate cashew seedlings available to interested farmers next year.

He advised the people, especially the youth to embrace and take full advantage of the programme to help establish a more reliable source of income for themselves.

In a related development, the Central Gonja District Assembly in the Northern Region has distributed over 80,000 cashew seedlings to about 894 farmers in the district.

The beneficiary farmers are from predominantly farming communities including Mpaha, Yapei, Buipe, Old Buipe, Lito, Kabelpe Ntereso, Kigbrepe and Fulfulso.

Mr Mahama Mustapha, the District Chief Executive who handed over the seedlings to the beneficiaries assured them that they are improved varieties which would give good yields.

 From Times Reporter, Lawra

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