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Positive Results for PERD Program in Akrofuom, Ashanti Region of Ghana

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The government introduced the Planting for Export and Rural Development Program (PERD) in 2019. The program has successfully distributed over 50,000 seedlings of coconut trees to farmers in the Akrofuom District Assembly. The coconut tree was chosen as the crop for the district under the program. The program’s success has led to a significant increase in youth interest in farming, particularly in coconut farming, which can yield fruit in 36 months and can be cultivated year-round.

To benefit everyone in the district, the maximum number of seedlings to be given away is 140 per person, and they plan to cultivate coconuts on a large scale in the district and create sales channels for farmers. The aim is to encourage communities that rely primarily on mining to shift towards agriculture-friendly economies, provide new job opportunities, and promote sustainable growth.

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In addition to distributing seedlings, the Akrofuom District Assembly also plans to establish a coconut processing factory in the district, utilizing the seedlings as raw materials. Extension officers will monitor the seedlings planted by farmers to prevent diseases and provide support to those encountering difficulties in their farming activities.

The Member of Parliament for the Akrofuom Constituency, Alex Blankson, stated that for the past three years, they have been distributing coconut seedlings to the community, and those who have acquired the seedlings have been able to grow them successfully. The ultimate goal of the seedling distribution is to increase coconut production in the district and establish a coconut processing factory to create jobs and support the local economy. They plan to plant some of the seedlings on lands damaged by illegal mining activities, reclaiming the destroyed lands and restoring them for productive use.

Daniel Badu Avonyo, an Assembly Member for Nkoransa Electoral Area, expressed his delight in receiving free coconut seedlings due to their high cost in the market. He emphasized the importance of supporting and appreciating positive initiatives that benefit the people and not politicizing every good thing brought forth by the ruling government.

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