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Western Region cassava farmers attend capacity building workshop

Axim, (WR), July 9,
GNA- Cassava farmers in the five districts of the Western region have attended
a day’s capacity building training workshop to update their knowledge on the
need to curb spreading of diseases affecting cassava production.

The aims and
objectives of the workshop were to educate the farmers on the importance of
planting new variety cassava seeds to increase production to meet the demands
of industry.

The farmers were drawn
from Ahanta West, Mpohor, Nzema East, Jomoro and Elembelle districts of the
Western region.

It was organised by
West Africa Virus Epidemiology (WAVE) and Sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gate
Foundation of United States.

Dr Allen Oppong,
National Co-ordinator of WAVE, urged them to report the diseases which affected
cassava early to the agricultural extension officers to find solution to them.

He said there was need
for farmers to remove cassava trees in farms, which had been affected by
diseases to avoid their spread.

Dr Oppong who is also
Crop Scientist at the Crop Research Institute of the Council for Scientist and
Industrial Research (CSIR) called on the farmers to plant approved cassava
materials to improve their yield.

He said the workshop
was organised to reduce cassava diseases and other related issues that
confronted farmers and derailed their development.

Professor Joe Manu
Aduening, Deputy Director of Crop Research Institute of the CSIR said cassava
farmers must plant the new variety seeds, which was guaranteed of a ready
market from the industries.

He said there was
great demand from industries for cassava flour, starch and ethanol.

Prof Aduening said the
one factory one district policy being implemented by government would not need
the old variety cassava because it cannot increase the expected yields to meet
the growing demand.

He said farmers were
being sensitised to take advantage of the planting of the new cassava variety
materials.

Prof Aduening who is
also a Cassava Bleeder said cassava has become commercial crop due to the
introduction of new policies of planting for food and jobs.

The farmers appealed
to the government to create enabling environment that would provide financial
support to assist them increase production to improve on economic growth.

GNA       

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