The planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD) programme is a decentralized National Tree Crop Programme to promote rural economic growth and improve household incomes of rural farmers through the provision of certified improved seedlings, extension services, business support and regulatory mechanisms.
To create a legacy towards the realization of the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda, the Government of Ghana through the joint effort of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Ministry of Food and Agriculture rolled out the PERD programme to develop nine (9) commodity value chains namely Cashew, Coffee, Cotton, coconut, Citrus, Oil Palm, Mango, Rubber, and Shea through a decentralized system. The programme seeks to create sustainable raw material based.
The selection of crops in each district depends upon the ecological zone. The initial effort is the preparation of the PERD has met with resounding success, with the establishment of nurseries all over country.
The Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Assembly were not left out in this PERD programme since the launching of the programme on the 23rd of April, 2019. The municipal department of Agriculture with the support from the Municipal Assembly raised a number of cocoa seedlings oil palm seedlings and coconut seedlings since 2019.
In 2019 and 2020
The Department of Agriculture with the support from the Municipal Assembly nursed about 150,000 cocoa seedlings and distributed to cocoa farmers within the municipality. Again in 2020 the Mineral Development Fund with its programme on PERD supplied 40,000 oil palm seedlings to the 1000 farmers and planted on an average field of 267 hectares.
In 2021 planting season the Mineral Development fund supplied the Municipal Assembly with a total of Fifty Seven Thousand (57,000) oil palm seedlings and all these have been distributed to nine hundred and ninety six male farmers and Six Hundred and Forty-Five (645) female farmers. The total hectares planted in 2021 is three hundred and eighty (380).
The Coconut Seedlings supplied by Coconut seed Garden and Nursery Operators Association to the Municipal Assembly with Three Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty Coconut seedlings (3650) were also distributed on 24th may 2022 to 64 males and 10 females as beneficiary farmers as part of PERD programme.
Department of Agriculture