Govt to distribute 7.5 Million certified palm and coconut seedlings to 30,000 farmers Govt to distribute 7.5 Million certified palm and coconut seedlings to 30,000 farmers
  About 4.5 million oil Palm seedlings and 3 million coconut seedlings expected to be raised  by the Oil Palm Research Institute (OPRI)  under Center... Govt to distribute 7.5 Million certified palm and coconut seedlings to 30,000 farmers

 

About 4.5 million oil Palm seedlings and 3 million coconut seedlings expected to be raised  by the Oil Palm Research Institute (OPRI)  under Center for Scientific Research Institute (CSIR) to be distributed to 30,000 farmers in 30 districts in Ghana for the 2019 farming season under the Planting for Export and Rural Development(PERD) program which was launched January 15,2018.
 
” it is refreshing to note that the OPRI has become our key driver and indispensable partner for the oil palm and Coconut component of the PERD Program .it is expected that  about 4.5 million of oil palm seedlings and 3 million coconut seedlings will  be raised to support about thirty-thousand farmers in 30 districts for 2019 farming season”.
 
The Deputy Minister in Charge of Rural Economy and Agriculture,Ministry of Local government ,Collins Augustine Ntim who  said this during 60th anniversary of CSRI at Kusi in Kwaebirim District of the Eastern region explained further that about 1.2million certified Oil Palm seedlings had already been distributed to farmers since its commencement this year.
 
“the Program through the institute has supplied  1.2 million oil palm seedlings to Ghanaian farmers in 2018 through the district Assemblies”.
 
 
He said the PERD program is to boost export , feed raw materials to factories under government industrialization  flagship program ,One District One Factory and create more employment opportunities for the youth.
 
The Acting Director of Oil Palm Research Institute(OPRI) ,Emmanuel Andoh Mensah said the lack of technology in Agriculture  has been a major bane  to increase production but believe with support from government ,more yielding- diseases resistant crops will be developed to boost agriculture in Ghana with economic effect.
 
He said over the years,a total of 70 million  pre-germinated  oil palm seednuts have been supplied to farmers and other clients by the institute.
 
Meanwhile ,he said the institute has developed expertise in breeding for high bunch and oil yields,local germplasm prospecting, Molecular diagnostic techniques development,Pollen production ,palm nutrition ,pest and disease control surveillance and intergrated management strategies among others all aim at developing new varieties in ongoing research including  drought tolerant planting materials suitablebfor cultivation in marginal areas, high olein -,high pro-vitamins A and B and Low lipsoeoil palm planting materials.
 
He however called on government to provide funding support to the institute to enable it efficiently carry out its reasearch activities .