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More than 500,000 cocoa seedlings distributed to farmers

By Kodjo
Adams, GNA

Tafo (E/R), July 24, GNA – Tree Global Ghana,
an international tree nursery company, has distributed a total of 565,000 high
yielding cocoa seedlings to farmers in five cocoa growing regions to improve
production.

This year’s distribution was an improvement of
last year’s 500,000 improved seedlings.

The gesture was part of a project by Tree
Global Ghana, in partnership with Mondelez International Cocoa Life, a cocoa
processing company and the largest buyer of Ghana’s cocoa, to help farmers to
produce quality, innovative and high yielding cocoa seedlings to the “Cocoa
Life” districts where Mondalez operates.

The beneficiary districts included New Juaben,
West Akim, Suhum and Fanteakwa in the Eastern Region, Amansie West in the
Ashanti Region, Wassa East in the Western Region and Asunafo North in the
Brong-Ahafo Region.

Mr Agbeko Ashiagbor, the Assistant Nursery
Manager, announced this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at a media
outreach programme in the Eastern Region to raise awareness on the country’s
sustainability interventions in the cocoa sector.

He said the collaboration with Mondelez
International had positioned the company to nurse the seedlings in recyclable
plastic pots which were environmentally friendly and could be reused for a
period of six years.

Mr Ashiagbor posited that the company was
created to provide high performance seedlings to large scale projects, focused
on agriculture and environmental restoration; as well as sustainable timber and
biomass to increase the economic and environmental value of the project.

He said cocoa farmers were trained to adhere
to the instructions on how to plant and water seedlings to create the needed
impact expected.

He encouraged farmers to patronise Tree Global
seedlings for its high survivability, which yields within a period of 18
months; and also urged the youth to venture into cocoa farming to sustain the
sector and improve their livelihood.

GNA

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