The birth of apple farming in Ghana?

CSIR confirms existence of apple tree at Atimatim-Taaboum Graphic Online.

“The Crop Research Institute (CRI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has confirmed the existence of an apple tree at Atimatim-Taaboum in the Kwabre East District of Ashanti Region.

The CSIR in a publication said the apple tree is part of a trial being conducted by Mr Edward Akwasi Fosu, a native of the Atimatim area near Kumasi but works in Belgium.

Out of the 10 apple seedlings Mr Fosu brought to Ghana in 2016 and planted in a house at Atimatim-Taaboum near the Janet Educational Complex, only one plant survived due to a lack of space.

“It is reported that the plants started fruiting two (2) years after planting in Ghana. The narrative showed that the seedlings were generated from cuttings. It is also reported that all but one of the plants were destroyed after three years into the experiment due to lack of space in the house. This single plant has been subjected to various treatments over the years. The final treatment was scheduled for March 2020 but had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is hoped that, the final treatment will be done as soon as possible to allow the fruits to grow to the edible size,” the CSIR said in a publication.” Read more

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