GHANA – The Bia East District Assembly, in collaboration with the Safety-Net Program, has distributed 8000 coconut seedlings to farmers in the Western North Region of Ghana.
The initiative, undertaken in line with the government’s commitment to supporting farmers nationwide, aims to diversify crops and enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector.
The coconut seedlings were distributed at no cost by the Assembly as a measure towards empowering farmers with alternatives beyond the traditional focus on cocoa cultivation—a pivotal cash crop in the region.
Moreover, the goal is to provide farmers with additional income streams and contribute to the district’s economic growth.
Mr. Nicholas Yayin Kupog, the District Chief Executive, emphasized the significance of this initiative, stating, “We believe that coconut farming can play a crucial role in improving the economic well-being of our farmers.”
“By encouraging the cultivation of coconut trees, we not only enhance food security but also contribute to the export potential of our district.”
Local farmers have warmly received this support, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to diversify their agricultural practices.
The distribution of coconut seedlings is especially timely during the off-cocoa season, offering farmers an additional source of income and strengthening their economic resilience.
“This support opens new doors for us. The coconut trees not only offer economic benefits but also contribute to a more sustainable and diverse agricultural landscape,” shared one local farmer.
Ghana’s coconut industry, exemplified by success stories like the Melach Coconut Processing Farm, which has witnessed substantial growth and global recognition.
Their business model involves supplying bulk coconut products to companies that process them into branded consumer goods, with an annual production capacity of around 600 tonnes and a profit of USD 966,000 in 2021.
Ghana’s overall coconut production is noteworthy, with approximately 36,000 hectares dedicated to coconut farming.
The country produces over 400,000 metric tons of coconuts annually, equivalent to more than 200 million coconut fruits. Key coconut cultivation regions include Volta, Western, Central, and Greater Accra.
Ghana has managed to outcompete major coconut-producing countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia, maintaining a strong demand for coconut products, particularly coconut oil used in cosmetics, even during the pandemic.
Initiatives like the Bia East District Assembly’s distribution of coconut seedlings contribute to the sustainable growth of Ghana’s coconut industry, benefitting local farmers and positioning the country as a key player in the global coconut market.
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