A Ghanaian farmer and CEO of De Jordan Agro Investment, Jordan Owusu, has lost a 120-acre cashew orchard [farm] bush fire at Torgbui Kope near Kparekpare in the Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region, Ghana.
Jordan told the Ghana News Agency that the 120-acre cashew-farm was his lifetime investment and was burnt down by a bush fire in the early hours of Monday. The cause of the fire is unknown.
He said it is the only source of income saying “it brings an average annual income of GH¢40,000, which is used to cater for my siblings’ education as well as taking care of my mother”.
Cashew orchard lost to bushfire
He added it will take many years before he could rebuild the farm he has completely lost.
He stated that the incident had been reported to the Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Ghana Police Service, and Agric Extension officers for an intervention.
Mr Owusu is hoping to soon hear from both GNFS and the Police and know how to work on plans to revive the farm.
He said the orchard or farm is the only source of his livelihood and has never known any trade apart from this.
“My late father, Nana Owusu, the then chief of Kparekpare died and left behind the farm for five of my siblings who are still schooling.”