The ministry of food and agriculture has received Agric Cocoa inputs worth over GHc25,000.00 to support National farmers day slated for Friday, December 7th.
The items were donated by Desert Lion international company in Kumasi last weekend.
Desert Lion international company is a producer of quality Cocoa inputs products for the sub-region. It is also the main hub of assembling agric mechanical machines in the country.
The items included 1 Desert lion motorised pruner, 1 D lion port 500 sprayers, 1D lion turbo sprayer, 2 Desert lion oil palm harvester, 1 D lion knapsack, 10 D lion cutlass, 100
Akate Global 4000 insecticide, 12 D lion farm boots, 12 Googles nose mask among many others.
Presenting the items, the chief executive officer of the company Mr Kwame Tweneboa-Koduah said, “the presentation is in line with the company corporate social responsibility towards socio-economic development”.
This kind gesture according to him, is geared towards supporting farmers ahead of the National 57th farmers day celebration.
This is the first time the company is sponsoring a national farmers program, however, it has magnificently contributed to similar district farmers day, and district Ministry of food and Agricultural over past decades of years.
According to him, the company is introducing a private mass Cocoa spraying project next the year 2019 to support other government agric flagship interventions.
In view of this, Mr Tweneboah-Kodua reiterated his outfit has already trained hundreds of local mechanics to support the private mass spraying projects.
This according to him will help supplements what the government has already commenced.
The project he said will provide about 30,000 peoples jobs in the cocoa-growing areas, thereby attracting and encouraging more youth in the agric sector.
“This will go along way to improve the cocoa sector and increase output and the income level of the country, as well as reducing poverty”.
Speaking in an interview with Modern Ghana, he expressed the company’s commitment to equipping farmers on the proper application of insecticides and technical operation of mechanical machines.
He said the company is instituting credit scheme to fetch farmers loans. He advised and urged farmers to unite to access loans.
Receiving the items, the deputy Agric Minister Hon. George Oduro applauded management for such kind gesture.
He hinted government is committed to supporting farmers to grow the economy. According to him, the planting for food and jobs has come to stay.
He said the government has outlined several incentives to support farmers welfare.