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May 26, 2011

More tractors for farmers


H.E. Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice-President, has reiterated government’s commitment to pursuing policies aimed at modernizing agriculture in order to make it attractive for the youth.

He says that as part of measures to modernize agriculture, government has secured 500 tractors from Brazil for distribution to farmers nationwide and has urged farmers to embrace mechanized agriculture to increase their yield and incomes.

 The Veep said this at Asekye in the Nkoranza North District of the Brong Ahafo Region, when he visited the Export Development and Investment Fund (EDIF) pilot project site for the cultivation of butter nut squash.

 He also advised the farmers to form co-operatives that will enable them raise the necessary funds so as to benefit from the package at a subsidized rate to increase their productivity.

 Mr. Agyabeng Antwi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EDIF, said the project began on a pilot basis at Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo Region, Somanya in the Eastern Region and Gomoa Ojobi in the Central Region but it was the Nkronza area that the butter nut was able to survive because of the good climate condition there.

 He said the farmers who were supported by EDIF under the project have cultivated the butter nut on a commercial scale for export and the major scale of export will begin from August, this year.

 Mr. Antwi pointed out that EDIF has so far supported mango farmers to increase their cultivation from 12,000 to 20,000 acres to produce mangoes for the export market, saying butter nut and mangoes have a ready export market.

Source: ISD