The Eastern Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party(NPP) Mr. Jeff Konadu Addo says Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region is not the first town to grow apple in Ghana as is being reported in both the traditional and social media platforms.
According to him, the fruit has long been growing at Obo in the Kwahu South District of the Eastern Region which has the same weather as is in Europe where the apple is grown in large quantities.
It has emerged that, an apple tree has been discovered on a compound situated at Wiamoase in the Ashanti Region describing it as first in Ghana.
Nana Osei Bonsu who first posted a picture of the Apple Tree With the hanging fruits revealed the young girl known as Nana Ama Asantewaa who planted the Apple which has gone viral on social media after it started bearing fruits died some five years ago.
The news of the apple growing in Wiamoase has turned the location into a tourist attraction overnight as a large number of people are trooping to see the much talked about ‘wonder’.
Mr. Jeff Konadu speaking on Nkawkaw based Agoo FMMorning Show “Ene Nso Bio’’ with Omansomfo Kwabena Asante on Monday said this is not news insisting that Kwahu should be the first to have grown apple in Ghana.
“My nephew, this is not news, visit Obo Kwahu to see for yourself. You can identify beautiful apple trees. Our soil across the country is good but the temperature will determine the growth of the apple. I’ve stayed abroad for so long and know how to grow apples and have actually visited apple farms. The weather condition that makes growing apples possible in Europe is the same as we have here in Kwahu. Apples normally grow after the end of the snow season. We have that same weather here – 17 to 20 degrees celsius, we get that same temperature here in Kwahu. So the growing of apple in Ghana is not news for us in the Kwahu land.”
On his part, Agoo FM Business Manager Kofi Ansong Baffour also revealed that grapes can be found at Nkwatia in the Kwahu East District and it is important that citizens give much attention to growing it on a large scale and stop importing the fruit.