14 Agric Agents Trained in Cashew Farming


Fourteen Agriculture Extension Agents have received training in cashew farming and cultivation of its plantation to increase the knowledge base of extension agents in line with the government’s flagship project; Planting for Food Export and Rural Development.
The 14 agents were taken through a two-day capacity building workshop by the Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit\ Competitive Cashew Initiative (GIZ-ComCashew) in collaboration with the Resilience Against Climate Change (EU-REACH) project.
The agents were drawn from Savannah, North East, and Upper West regions, and the training was on the use of a technique called “topworking” in cashew farming.
According to a Ghanaian Times report, the Upper West Regional Director of Agriculture, Emmanuel Yeboah said top-working involves the selection of unproductive trees, cutting of selected trees, and painting of the cut surface and stump with leaves and branches to facilitate the initiation of new shoots.
He said the agents will play its integral role as they will serve as the only means where most farmers would get needed information to improve their farming practices.
The Regional Director stated that the agents will be given opportunities to enhance their capacity and build knowledge in the techniques of topworking in all regions.
He said that few farmers who are into cashew farming do not get good yields as a result of little attention they give to the cash crop.
He said “with assistance with the agents, farmers will be able to gain the needed knowledge to improve productivity”.
He charged the extension agents to encourage other farmers to include cashew in their annual and perennial crops in order to generate substantive income.
Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica,com



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