George Oduro receiving the items from officials of Desert Lion
THE MINISTRY of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) has taken delivery of items worth GH¢25,000 to support this year’s National Farmers’ Day celebration slated for Friday, December 7.
The largesse was made possible by Desert Lion, an international company, which is mainly into the production of quality cocoa to boost cocoa production in the West African sub-region, especially in Ghana.
The items, which included farm boots, nose masks, insecticides, cutlass, knapsack, oil-palm harvester, turbo sprayer and motorized pruner, among others, were presented to the Ministry of Agriculture at a short ceremony.
Significantly, Desert Lion has 10-year effective collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to produce cocoa to support the cocoa sector in the country.
Desert Lion had in the past been supporting the National Farmers’ Day at the district level, but it decided to support the Farmers’ Day at the national level, this year, in order to make more impact.
The Chief Executive of Desert Lion, Mr. Kwame Tweneboa-Kodua, said the laudable gesture formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility and it is to improve cocoa production and boost the economy.
He said his outfit had trained several people to support the spraying of cocoa and other interventions, which has contributed to the growth of the agriculture sector, giving an assurance that Desert Lion would sustain its good works.
Mr. Tweneboa-Kodua said his outfit was also equipping farmers about the proper application of insecticides on their farms, adding that Desert Lion has also introduced numerous policies that have impacted positively on the agriculture sector.
Deputy Agric Minister, George Oduro, announced that government’s popular agricultural programme, the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ has come to stay, stressing that the policy had yielded several benefits since it was introduced.
He showered tons of praises on Desert Lion for their passion and tireless efforts over the years to improve the agriculture sector, especially cocoa production, urging them to continue with their splendid works.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi