The cultivation and sales of coconut have become a lucrative business opportunity generating income for farmers and others along the coconut value chain.
In recent years, the potential in the exportation of raw coconut, and its related finished products have been identified as another source of foreign income generation for our dear nation. Therefore, the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) has taken the initiative to promote the cultivation of coconut in coconut- growing regions for domestic consumption and more importantly exportation under the Coconut Revitalization Programme.
In this regard, the Volta Region as a coconut-growing region is benefiting from twenty-six thousand four hundred and sixteen (26,416) coconut seedlings to be distributed among farmers in Afadzato South District, Ho West District, Adaklu District, Ketu South Municipal, and Ketu North Municipal.
Hon. Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa had the privilege to launch the programme in the Volta Region at a short ceremony held at the premises of the Regional Department of Agriculture which houses the Regional Office of GEPA, and stated that the programme was geared towards improving the income of farmers and the country.
Furthermore, he indicated that the programme fell in line with government’s policy in agriculture, especially the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) and Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD).
He therefore expressed the need to encourage the people in the Region to embrace the programme and participate in it as a means of job creation and improving on the incomes of farmers.
The Regional Officer of GEPA, Mr. Hope Amrado, in his welcome remark stated that coconut had been identified as one of the non-traditional crops that could be promoted for export. Therefore, the Authority had embarked on the promotion of its cultivation through the provision of seedlings to farmers, and technical support to the farmers in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture.
He also stated that to ensure the success of the programme, beneficiary farmers would sign an undertaking to use the seedlings properly and ensure their survival.
The Hon. Volta Regional Minister ceremonially planted a coconut seedling in front of the GEPA office to mark the Regional Launch of the Programme.
He as well, ceremonially, presented a seedling to the Hon. District Chief Executive for Adaklu District Assembly, Mr. Phanuel Kadey Donkor, to mark the distribution of seedlings to farmers in the beneficiary districts and municipalities.
He was grateful to the Hon. Deputy Regional Minister, Pastor Johnson Avuletey, the Regional Director of Department of Agriculture, and Mr. Delali Nutsokpo for their presence and participation in the launch.
He again expressed gratitude to members of the Regional Coconut Revitalization Programme Committee; Mr. Delali Ndo, Mr. Chris Amponsah Sackey, Mrs. Theresa Nyamekye, and Mr. Duncan Amoah who worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the launch.
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