Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) mission is to promote sustainable agriculture and thriving agribusiness through research and technology development, effective extension and other support services to farmers processors, and traders for improved human livelihood.
Though the effort of MOFA and other stakeholders over the period 2001 – 2007 Obuasi can boast of self-sufficiency in food supply especially cassava, plantain, cocoyam, maize and vegetables. However little food stuff such as rice, maize, tomatoes, cowpea, yams are imported to supplement local sources due to their high demand.
Cash crops like oil palm, citrus, cocoa have seen a growth rate from 1% in 2000 – 6% in 2007.
Cocoa Diseases and Pest Control (CODAPEC)
This project began in 2001 after the Government initiated the mass spraying of cocoa. It has since been implemented to date and MOFA was the implementing agent before handing it over to SCCVD. In 2005 Hectors sprayed increased from 19,428.57 to 25,000 in 2005. Cocoa mass spraying has reduced the incidence of capsid attack on cocoa by 60% and this coupled with other factors led to 20% increase in cocoa yields.
Cocoa High-Tech was introduced by the NPP government through CRIG – Tafo in 2003. Cocoa farms have seen considerable improvement in yield of cocoa through the introduction of cocoa fertilize yield have shot up by 20%.
Aquaculture continues to gain the interest of most farmers. The industry has increased from 5 in 2001 to 31 fish ponds being mined by 18 fish pond farmers currently.
Food and Agricultural Budgetary Support (FABs)
The above project, FABs funded by CIDA commenced in the Obuasi Municipality in 2004. A total of ¢207,000,000 was disbursed to farmers in Obuasi and Adansi North Districts.
In Obuasi Municipality the money was used for the following projects.
Four communities; Mampamhwe, Adaase, Apitikooko and Ayease received ¢15,000,000 each to address land and water management plans. These communities have embarked on nursery of cocoa, oil palm citrus as an income generating ventures as well as address erosion prone area by planting oil palm, citrus across the slopes to check farm erosion.
Other farmers benefiting from ¢365,000,000 farms loan are:
Grasscutter Rearing - 35 farmers
Snail Rearing - 5 farmers
Bee-Keeping - 8 farmers
Crab Construction - 5 farmers
Total - 53 farmers