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GHANA CASHEW WEEK FARMER EXPERIENCE ON THE OCCASION OF NATIONAL WEEK CELEBRATION: ALISA HOTEL, ACCRA. APRIL 17 – 18, 2007


BEFORE I JOIN ADRA  Became ADRA client in 1997  Before Joining Adra Farmer Groups, I Was Farming Maize, Yam Etc.  Started Cultivating Cashew When I Realized Cashew Has The Potential to ensure food security and give more income to farmers.  Elected secretary to ‘Obre Nye Kwa Cashew Farmers Association in Koase near Techiman in the Brong Ahafo region.


SUPPORT RECEIVED FROM ADRA  ADRA supported the group members with the following  Cash for Land Preparation  Fertilizers  Cashew Seeds  Seed Maize  Wellengton Boots  Cutlasses Etc


NUMBER OF ACRES I PLANTED  ADRA supported me with 4 acres for the five year period, 1997 -2001.

 I expanded this by cultivating additional 3 acres within the same period.

 I have started another 5 acres last year. The total is 12 acres.


TECHNICAL TRAINING RECEIVED  pest control  manure application  row planting  pruning in cashew  Cashew Harvesting techniques  techniques in beekeeping  Health and sanitation etc. all these are

attributed to USAID through ADRA-Ghana.


YIELDS Value (cedis)

year Yield bags

kilos

Yield/acre (bags)

2004

9

720

1.5

9,000,000

2005

18

1,440

3

9,360,000

2006

33

2,649

5.5

11,900,00 0

2007

45

3600

7

12,600,00 0

Total

105

8,400

37,460,00 0


BENEFITS- PART I  Realized a total of 37, 460,000 from 2004 to 2007  The realized income together with sales from honey production have been used to undertake the following:  5-bed room house  Motor bike  Mobile phone


BENEFITS - PART 2  Child education  Several Awards including  2003 Municipal Best farmer in Bee Keeping, Techiman  2006 Municipal Best Farmer in Agroforestry  2006, among the best 5 ADRA Cashew Farmers at a farmer’s Day Celebration


BENEFITS –PART 3  Local Marketing agent for an exporter  A solid social security in old age.


PROBLEMS & SOLUTION –PART I  PESTS Solution  Adoption of good management practices  control by biological  the use of recommended insecticides.

 Mass spraying of all Cashew Plantations by

Government.  BUSH FIRES • District assemblies should enforce existing laws.


Problems & SOLUTION – PART 2  Marketing Problems • Price is reducing: Year 2005 2006 2007

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Price ¢6,500 per kg ¢4,500 per kg ¢3,500 per kg


Problems & Solution – PART 3  Government should make it possible to involve Cashew Farmer Associations in the districts and regions in all Price meetings with the Buyers and Exporters at the beginning of the season

 A lasting solution will be to set up a regulatory Body similar to COCOBOD to regulate the marketing of Cashew in the Country.


General Suggestions  Government should give more resources

to the Cashew Development Project, CDP to enable it increase its scale of operations.

 Government should also consider giving

additional resources and support to ADRA to enable it reach out to the numerous resource poor farmers in the country.


 THANK FOR YOUR ATTENTION

Cashew Farmers Experience  

Cashew Farmers Experience