Deputy Northern Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Bunkprugu, Hon. Solomon Namliit Boar has revealed that the long held myth that cocoa doesn’t grow up North has been broken.
According to him, it is now possible for cocoa to be cultivated in the three Northern Regions, adding however, that a major challenge mass cultivation of cocoa faces there is irrigation, and when solved, could make the North find a new source of livelihood that can will help the youth get jobs, make good use of the lands in the North, check rural-urban migration while contributing to GDP growth.
Mr Namliit Boar was of the firm believe that the Akufo-Addo-Bawumia government’s One Village One Dam project for the three northern regions could be of full help to make those areas cocoa-growing areas.
He revealed that contrary to reports that cocoa cannot grow in the North, a farmer at Zebilla has successfully planted cocoa and is now harvesting it for the second time running, calling for the need to expand the growing of the cash crop across the North.
In contributing to a statement on the floor of parliament made by Hon George Kwame Aboagye, MP for Asene Akroso Manso on the cocoa sector, the Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Hon. Solomon Namliit Boar indicated that “it is high time we expanded the growing of cocoa as a cash crop to other parts of the country, intimating that “the long held myth that cocoa could not be grown in the north has been proven wrong by a cocoa farmer in the Zebilla district of the upper East Region of Ghana who started the cultivation of the cash crop some years ago and is even harvesting the crop for the second time running.”
The challenge the farmer has, according to the Deputy Minister, is the source of constant water supply to the farm, adding again that the advent of the one village, one dam policy by the government could come to the rescue of the poor farmer and his other colleagues in the North.
The 1st deputy speaker of parliament, Hon. Joe osei owusu corroborated the assertion of cocoa growing in the north as explained by the by the Deputy by the Deputy Northern regional minister and MP on the floor of Parliament.
Bekwai skills to Zebilla
The 1st deputy speaker also revealed that the cocoa farmer in the Zebilla district actually acquired the knowledge and skill to grow cocoa from the Bekwai area where he (deputy Speaker) is the MP.
Other MPs who contributed to the issue called on government to take a serious look at cocoa growing in the Northern Regions.
Source: My News