Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme is a government initiative to develop seven main selected crops such as Cashew, Coffee, Oil palm, Citrus, Cotton, Coconut and Shea into cash crops.

To that effect, all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are expected to develop an agricultural project initiative by adopting one or two of the identified crops to support farmers in the next four years.

The Tain District Assembly in the Brong Ahafo Region has, therefore, selected cashew under the PERD policy and is expected to raise about 100,000 seedlings in batches, while the Assembly has started the distribution of the first 20,000 seedlings raised to farmers in the district.

The District Chief Executive (DCE), Lawyer Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, noted that the initiative by government would not only create job opportunities but to also encourage the youth into agriculture as well as ensure the supply of raw materials to support government’s decentralized industrialization through the One District, One Factory initiative.

The District Director of Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Mr. S.Y Apiiga, advised farmers who wanted some of the seedlings to apply to the Assembly through his office after which their lands would be inspected before the seedlings given out, adding that farm monitoring would continue after the distribution of seedlings.

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