Government’s quest to promote cashew production as cash crop under its Planting for Export and Rural Development is receiving a boost in the Daffiam-Bussie-Issa District of the Upper West Region.
The district is nursing thirty-five thousand cashew seedlings supplied by Ghana Social Opportunity Project, GSOP to distribute to over five thousand farmers who have been registered under the project.
GBC’s Correspondent Sualah Abdul-wahab who visited the nursery at Bussie reports that farmers are eagerly waiting to receive the seedlings to start their own farms which they hope to make income from in the next few years.
Cashew recently has become one of the leading cash crops on the world market.
Experts say it has the potential of overtaken cocoa as Ghana’s leading cash crop.
As part of government’s efforts to create jobs to reduce poverty Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia recently tasked MMDAs to promote cultivation of the crop under the Planting for Export and Rural Development.
Daffiama-Bissie-Issa District is the first to take the initiative in the Upper West Region by nursing 35 thousand seedlings of cashew to be distributed to over five thousand farmers registered under the project.
The District Director of Agriculture for DBI Abdallah Sibri told Radio Ghana that when the seedlings are grafted the variety will yield about five times as compared to the ordinary one.
Some of the farmers expected to benefit from the project lauded the government for promoting cashew production.
They appealed to the district assembly to expand the project to cover more farmers next year to reduce poverty.