The Agricultural Department of the Ningo-Prampram District Assembly has distributed 2,500 mango seedlings and 1,000 coconut seedlings to 17 farmers and some institutions within 6 operational areas of the district to grow on a commercial scale. The gesture forms first part of the government programme dubbed “Planting for Export and Rural Development”. The DCE Hon Jonathan Doku, inaugurating the project, said the Programme is in fulfillment of the Government agenda, he said other tree crops such as cashew, palm tree were available however the coconut and mango seedlings are suitable for the area.
He urged the farmers to nurture the crops well so they grow to meet the objective of the project, noting that the district can only receive more crops if the first batch does well. He mentioned other projects such as the Rearing for Food and Jobs that will also be rolled out soon.
The District Director of Agric Prince Ofori-Boateng in a brief statement said the government intends to promote the planting of tree crops, which is directly linked to the 1D1F, he noted the District is the 4th among the 29 assemblies in Greater Accra to benefit from the programme, he urged the farmers to nurture the crops to grow to meet the objectives of the programme. He also applauded the effort made by the DCE for making the seedlings available early enough.