The Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association of Ghana has launched its one million out-grower seedling project under the theme: “Promoting a sustainable Oil Palm Industry.”
The event which was held at Akyem-Asuom had representatives from Solidaridad and the Kwaebibirim Rural Bank,
Mr. Selorm Quame, Executive Secretary of Oil Palm Development Association of Ghana, C.E.O of the National Buffer Stock Company Limited, Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab and Asuomhene, Osabarima Ofosuhene Appenteng II [chair of the occasion], all attended the event.
Osabarima Ofosushene urged the people of his community and Ghanaians as a whole to embrace the project and vision of the association.
The Guest of Honour for the event, Mr. Hanan Abdul-Wahab, Chief Executive Officer of the National Buffer Stock Company Limited in his address hopeful the initiative will get an international appeal.
“I am very optimistic we will go international very soon because, a lot of African countries are here to learn from us on the Free Senior High School and the feeding component in it.”
Addressing the people at the event, Mr. Hanan said he was impressed after witnessing the production and processing of the palm oil.
“I have no single regret for giving this region the opportunity to supply palm oil nationwide,” he added.
The Chief Executive Officer of Buffer Stock also injected hope to the six thousand (6,000) registered members of the association by means of contracting the Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association of Ghana to be the major suppliers of palm oil to the various Senior High Schools across the country as a means sustaining the Free Senior High School initiative.
The enthused members of the association together with the leadership were also charged to ensure high safety and security features in the production process and to also increase their supply rate.
The Executive Secretary of the Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association in response, acknowledged and assured that they will put in more efforts to boost their supply rate from 1500 to 1950 metric tonnes per annum by the year 2020.
Paul Amaning, the Executive Chairman of the Association on his side explained that their motive as an association is to make palm oil one of the leading commodities in Ghana and for them to make the vision a reality, they have decided to assist all the sectors including the farmers to supply them with seedlings.
In disbursing the seedlings to the farmers, he indicated that it will be done through the association’s local executives, saying that, one could get some of the seed if only he or she is a registered member and in good standing.
He further called for the intervention of government and other stakeholders to assist them with the right technology, believing that, they could increase supply to 1,950 metric tonnes per year at full implementation with the help of government.