The Bono east region is going all out into serious processing of food for local consumption and export in the next 5 years. The region has reached an advanced stage in commercial rice cultivation. Already, the region is leading in the mass production of mango, cashew, watermelon, and tomato among others.
The Bono East regional director of agriculture, Cecelia Kaja disclosed this new social intervention when addressing the media in Kintampo at the farmers’ mini trade fair.
Cecelia Kaja commended the Bono East regional minister, Hon. Kwasi Adu Gyan for pushing for the all-year-round commercial rice cultivation and processing. She was optimistic that in less than five years the region will start processing the above-mentioned crops to create jobs and give value to the raw produce to meet maximum profit.
Cecelia Kaja says over 80 percent of the people in the Bono East region are into farming but their fear to go into large-scale farming becomes a challenge due to marketing. She gave assurance that, in about five years’ time, there will be more factories in the region to process farm produce.
She says marketing of the cassava which used to be a challenge is now becoming a history since many communities have switched to gari processing. Petty mango juice processing is also helping boost the industry.
The regional director, Cecelia Kaja is optimistic that the farmers in the Bono East region have a brighter future and calls for more investors to join the trail.