The Cashew Development Board will by the end of June 2018 be established to regulate the cashew industry, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.
The president said this when he interacted with some traditional rulers in Sunyani to round-off his three-day official visit to the Brong Ahafo Region.
He was accompanied by some Ministers of State and Members of Parliament.
President Akufo-Addo said in the current crop season his government, through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, wil supply 2,775,000 cashew seedlings to be planted on 13,400 hectares of land across the country.
In addition, 900 Agricultural Extension Agents will also be engaged to provide technical support to the cashew farmers.
President Akufo-Addo said his government recognises the contributions of farmers in the region toward achievement of national food security, adding that 15 percent of the resources under the Planting for Food and Jobs (PfFJs) Programme are being invested in Brong Ahafo.
He said his government recognises the important role of traditional authorities towards national development and advised the chiefs and queens to continue supporting government to facilitate accelerated national development.
Nana Bofo Bene IV, Vice-President of the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of Dwenen-Awasu Traditional Area in the Jaman South Municipality, appealed for a standard cashew market-price.
Nana Bene IV expressed discomfort that the price of cashew had dropped from GH¢850 per bag in the last season to GH¢400 a bag – a situation that is discouraging the cashew farmers, he added.
The president later cut the sod for work to commence on construction of a permanent administrative block for the Sunyani West District Assembly at Odumase.