May 29, 2018
Cashew farmers receive grafted seedlings
Fifteen farmers of private cashew nurseries in the Brong Ahafo Region have together produced a total of 400,000 improved grafted cashew seedlings for distribution to cashew farmers and potential investors interested in planting cashew. The nurseries are part of a plan to expand cashew farming in the country.
The 400,000 improved grafted cashew seedlings were produced in a period of eight months and are expected to be transplanted onto 10,000 acres of cashew farmlands.
Production of the improved planting materials was funded by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) at the cost of GH¢600,000 and is a component of a 10-year Cashew Development Plan, launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at Wenchi in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The GEPA has targeted to produce additional two million grafted cashew planting materials for distribution in 2019.
The overall target of raising cashew nurseries is to increase cashew production from a current 80,000 metric tonnes to 300,000 tonnes, and in doing so increase export earnings from $197 million to $1 billion by 2027.
SOURCE: Daily Graphic | Ghana