Presidential candidate of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, says cashew farmers are going to receive special attention and support when the NDC wins the December elections.
John Mahama explained that the NDC’s focus on cashew farmers and cashew production forms part of the Party’s planned programme of ensuring value addition to agriculture produce in order to earn more income and improve the lot of farmers.
Speaking during his tour of the Bono region to gathering of chiefs and cashew farmers of Brohani in the Tain District of the Bono Region, President Mahama said cashew, a crop widely cultivated in the region, will thrive under under his administration.
“This is the time for cashew farmers. If you’re not into cashew, get a land and begin cultivating because it will be a prosperous venture under me” he assured.
The former President also announced that the NDC will introduce a number of interventions to make cashew farmers more productive and also profit from the trade.
He further reiterated that, a Cashew Board will be established, similar to the structure of Cocobod, so that the interest of cashew farmers can be pursued while ensuring improved cashew production.
He also mentioned that a cashew processing factory will be established to ensure value addition through the processing of the cashew for export, which would put more money into the pockets of farmers.
Highlighting the importance of agri-business, the NDC leader said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture will be realigned into a Ministry of Agriculture and Agribusiness to coordinate the business aspect of agriculture for the benefit of farmers and also the nation.
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