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20.11.2008 Business & Finance

Alas! The Famous Obuasi Oranges

By GNA -

The Obuasi Municipal Assembly  is consulting a strategic investor in USA to build a citrus extracting plant at Obuasi to process oranges.

The construction of the plant will provide citrus farmers in the municipality a ready market and a guaranteed price for their produce at all times.

Mr Owusu Gyamerah, the Municipal Chief Executive, who announced this at the municipality's Farmers' Day celebration at Domiabra near Obuasi, said the plant would help avert the situation where during bumper harvest losses are made.

“In this regard, we are in negotiations with AngloGold Ashanti to release some portion of their land for us to increase the production of oranges,” he said and appealed to farmers who would want to go into citrus production not to hesitate since there would be ready market.

Mr Gyamerah regretted that some farmers, who received micro-credit loans under the agricultural module of the National Youth Employment Programme (NYEP), were not repaying and appealed them to repay for others to benefit.

Mr Kwadwo Boamah Gyan, Municipal Director of Agriculture, said for improved agricultural yields, farmers should not hesitate to contact agricultural extension officers for expert direction and guidance.

In all, 29 farmers' organisations and individuals, who excelled in their various fields, were honoured with certificates, agricultural inputs and bicycles.

Mr John Boadi of Kwabenakwakrom was adjudged the best farmer for the year.