About two hundred farmers drawn from some communities in the Birim Central Municipality have attended a forum on best management practices in cocoa and oil palm cultivation at Akim Oda.

wpid-64273343-oil-palm.jpgSolidaridad, Ghana?s branch of The Netherlands based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), organized the forum.

Mr Francis Tetteh Ohipeni, an agronomist and a specialist in cocoa plantation, told the GNA Media Auditing and Trafficking of Development project team that, the forum was aimed at sensitizing farmers on the best practices in cultivation of crops like beans, cassava, maize, cocoa, oil palm and cotton to make them self-sufficient in managing their farms.

He said the farmers were taken through the best farm management practices from nursery to harvesting, financial and investment support, information exchange and their environmental and social impact.

The project which began in 2013 will end in 2016.

Mr Ohipeni explained that, the project had helped the farmers to increase productivity of oil palm from six metric tonnes to 10 metric tonnes per a hectare.

Mr Ohipeni said the farmers were working towards increasing the productivity further to 15 metric tonnes per hectare.

Mr Ohipeni said any farmer who met the targeted yield of 15 metric tonnes of oil palm per a year, would be issued with a certificate to enable him to seek financial assistance.

GNA

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