The queen mother for Aduamoah in the Kwahu East Municipality of the Eastern Region, Obaahemaa Akumwaah Sarpomaa II has appealed to the president H. E Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo to help boost tiger nut production in the community following an initiative by the District Chief Executive Hon Isaac Agyapong to widen operations of Tiger Nut traders.
The Eighty-Seven (87) year old queen mother in an interview with Agoo fm, EIB Network’s Radio station based in Nkawkaw applauded the DCE for the move.
She told Ebenezer Kojo Nyavor (K-Lover) that, tiger nut farming is the main source of occupation in the community, “I can’t state the root of its existence because I was born into it and I have been experiencing the sweet tiger nut farming from child birth” she said.
The District Chief Executive for Kwahu East Hon Isaac Agyapong in September 2 visited Johannesburg, South Africa to share investment opportunities for Kwahu East with potential investors for the 1d1f.
In an interview with Agoo news on his arrival after creating positive connections, he had the opportunity to present the district’s investment potential to the various investors which include tiger nut production.
However, research indicates that, in some countries, particularly Spain, the tiger nuts industry is made, with regulatory authorities set up to ensure the quality production of the tuber.
The product is left in the hands of poor farmers and traders and small-scale industrialists, without government support.
In Ghana, tiger nuts are cultivated in many parts of the country such as Bodweasae, Techiman and Kwahu.
Among all those places, Kwahu-Aduamoah in the Kwahu East District has gained prominence as the production hub of tiger nut (atadwe) making Kwahus pride themselves as being the producers of the sweetest and best ‘atadwe’ in Ghana.
The District Chief Executive said, his 6 day visit to South Africa enabled him to interact with Agents of ‘’Joburg Food Market’ and explained farmers in South Africa do not sell their products unlike Ghana.
According to him, such an opportunity will bring development in the area, ‘’at the end of the day farmers can now produce more on large scale, they will have people who can by the tiger nut then export the product into South Africa. So what it is that, we have entered into an oral agreement with those agents’’. He affirmed.
The queen mother, said, she would be proud if Government intervenes to expand the production of the product to make the product easy to sell because, despite massive effort by farmers in the community, one of the major problems confronting the business is lack of sales.