The Member of Parliament, MP, for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Constituency, Alfred Obeng-Boateng, has fulfilled a campaign promise to his constituents, especially farmers by providing them with 45 thousand rubber seedlings for cultivation.
The MP during the 2020 general election campaign, made a promise that when he gets the nod, he would assist farmers to enter into rubber plantation, in addition to the cocoa farming which is currently the main cash crop in the area.
Mr Obeng-Boateng in December 2020, just after the election, engaged a consultant to work with a team to prepare the beds for the nursery of 45,000 rubber plants at Hwenjibre in the Sefwi Bekwai Traditional Area within Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Constituency.
At a short ceremony in Bibiani to distribute the seedlings to the farmer, Mr Obeng-Boateng, enumerated some of the reasons why rubber plantation as a commercial farming is important and must be added to cocoa farming.
"Rubber plantation gives monthly income, the lifespan is over 80 years and at the maturity stage it does not require much weeding since the big rubber plants form canopies to suppress the growth of other small plants beneath them, hence less labour is required at the maturity stage". The MP opined.
Mr. Obeng-Boateng further indicated that similar projects will be done at Bethlehem, Chirano and Asawinso all in the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Constituency.
Mr Twum Barima, an expert who stated that they have already earmarked the 45,000
seedlings to 300 farmers who have already prepared their farmlands and ready for transplants in two to three weeks adding that; the whole project was planned such that the transplanting stage will meet the raining season and same is perfectly achieved.
The Chiefs and the people, who visited the nursery were full of joy and expressed their gratitude to Mr Obeng-Boateng for his vision to support humanity to improve upon their living standards.