The Ketu South Municipal Assembly in the Volta Region in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture has distributed 3,000 coconut seedlings to farmers for planting.
The initiative is a strategic move to establishing a coconut oil factory in the municipality as part of the One District One Factory flagship programme undertaken by the government of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
In all 44 farmers, 39 males and 5 females in 14 communities in the municipality, benefitted from the programme.
The assembly was also considering the establishment of coconut nursery as the supply base to support farmers who would want to go into coconut cultivation. The move is also expected to provide employment for the youth.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Assembly, Elliot Edem Agbewornu, disclosed this in an interview with Today at this year’s Farmers Day celebration held at Kpoglu, a farming community in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region.
It was on the theme: “Agriculture: Moving Ghana Beyond Aid.”
In all, 14 deserving farmers were honoured with various categories of awards including deep freezers, cutlasses, agro chemicals, Wellington boots as well as GTP cloths.
Madam Kudzonu Belief, a teacher at the Hedzranawo R.C. Basic School, was adjudged the Best Farmer.
She took home a motorised tricycle, a DSTV decoder with 3-month subscription among others as her prize.
In attendance was the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon Elliot Edem Agbewornu, heads of security agencies, chiefs of the area and two Paramount Chiefs, Torgbi Adzongaga Amenya V, Paramount Chief of the Aflao Traditional Area and President of the Aflao Traditional Council and Torgbi Addo VIII, Paramount Chief of the Klikor Traditional Area.
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