Farmers in Ghana call for price standard for Cashews

Nana Ampaabeng Kyeremeh, the 2013 national best Cocoa and Cashew farmer, has appealed to the government to set a standardized price for cashew products for the industry to thrive.

He said cashew needed stable and favourable market price like cocoa so that it would boost the interest of farmers to grow the economic tree in commercial quantity. In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at Mesidan in the Techiman North District of Brong-Ahafo Region, Nana Kyeremeh said the gradual decline in the prices of cashew products was not good for the industry.

He said the production of cashew in Brong-Ahafo region had declined in recent times because of low market price of the nuts and appealed to the government to address the situation.

Nana Kyeremeh indicated that cashew farmers also needed incentive packages like training and provision and proper application of agro-chemicals from the government.  This, he said, would not only motivate farmers to increase production, but would also help improve on quality and yield of cashew nuts.

Nana Kyeremeh also underlined the need for the government to adequately supply farming inputs to farmers, and asked the unemployed youth to regard farming as lucrative business.