The Akwamuhene of the Techiman Traditional Area, Nana Owusu Agyare II has called on the government to invest more in mango cultivation to boost the destructed Ghanaian economy which is in shambles. Nana speaking to the Nkeyermu News said none of the tree plants fetch more money than the mango plant.
With proper maintenance culture, a mango plant can last more than 100 years, whilst the maximum of the cocoa plant is 30 years. In a good season, a mature mango tree can produce 300-1000 fruits and can be harvested 3 times a year with proper cultural maintenance.
Nana Owusu Agyare II started his mango farm in 2006 and can now boast 110 acres. In addition, he has 70 acres of cashews farm and other farm animals, including pigs. He has 50 casual workers and other full-time workers.
He explained that the success of his mango farm is the in-depth knowledge that he acquired from the school of forestry department and his interest in agriculture. Nana had championed several mango cultivation platforms in the Bono, Ahafo, and the Bono east region. This is helping to increase mango production in Ghana.
NOC farms in a year produce over 250 tonnes of mango for both export and local consumption. H.P.W Fresh and Dry Company in Nsawam buy mango from NOC farms for most of their production.
The Akwamuhene of the Techiman Traditional Area, Nana Owusu Agyare II has pleaded with the government to support farmers in mango cultivation to boost revenue. He said mango cultivation is expensive, but it has the best returns when compared to other farm produce.