DEDA Distributes Improved Certified Coconut Seedlings To Farmers Within The District

By Linda Osei-Fobi || ISD Dormaa East District
Agriculture DEDA Distributes Improved Certified Coconut Seedlings To Farmers Within The District

The Dormaa East District Assembly (DEDA) has began free distribution of 20,000 improved certified coconut seedlings to farmers, individuals and institutions within the District.

The distribution which is being handled by the District Agriculture Directorate, forms part of government’s Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) and Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) agenda; with the aim of diversifying incomes of beneficiries to ensure rural economic growth through cash crops farming.

The beneficiaries whose farms were first inspected and measured by the Agric Directorate to qualify them for specific numbers of the seedlings, were drawn from various communities in the district. The distribution which is expected to be done in two days, started on Wednesday, April 17, 2024.

At a short ceremony preceding the distribution near the nursery grounds at Nseseresu, the Wamfie Mpapaninhene who doubles as the Marehene of the Dormaa Traditional Council, Barima Efrititi Siawponsiaw called on the government, to intentionally put flexible measures in place, to encourage indigenous carrier initiatives which would propel the growth of rural and local industrialization and the economy of the country.

He explained that currently, there are several regent business regulations which crush and deter local businesses; reiterating that a deliberate attempt to relax such regulations can go a long way to empower local businesses and strengthen native career development.

Barima EfrititI Siawponsiaw called on Ghanaians to gradually begin industrialization locally from their doorstep through innovation and self-discipline in order to locally maximize the full potentials of government’s investments in the numerous flagship programmes.

The District Chief Executive, Hon Emmanuel Kofi Agyeman praised the Agric Directorate, Assembly Members and workers at the nursery for their contribution towards the project.

He explained, the Assembly in the past four years, dedicated itself to the free distribution of over 1 million cashew seedlings across the length and breadth of the district which has created jobs for the farmers and its ensuring sustainable raw materials for upcoming industries.

The DCE added that with time, the Assembly will consider increasing the nursery to cover up for the exceeding demands. He advised beneficiaries against the sale of the seedlings but rather plant them for a long term gain.

The Agric Director who outlined the modus operandi for planting the coconut seedlings advised the farmers to adhere to directives of the Agric Extension Officers to ensure good yield.

The beneficiaries expressed gratefulness to government for the raw materials and expertise which have been made available to them through the Agric office.