He said bee-keeping also helped to generate a lot of money adding that government was making efforts to support bee-keepers to reduce poverty among rural dwellers.
Mr Nkum was addressing about 40 senior citizens who had made significant contributions to the state in diverse ways at Apam.
He said the two crops; coconut and cashew nut, at the moment brought more money than cocoa due to their high demand on the world market.
Mr Nkum appealed to the chiefs to be magnanimous to liaise with land owners and release lands for developmental projects in the area.
He said the acquisition of land had been a problem due to the numerous litigations in the District.
The DCE announced that the proposed mini harbour project at Mumford would commence before the end of the year.
He said the successful completion of the project would offer jobs to the teeming fishermen who had migrated to do fishing in the Western Region.
Nana Oteiba, the Queenmother of Gomoa Ankamu, reiterated the need for parents to take good care of their children to reduce teenage pregnancy.
Mr Samuel Annan, an Agriculturist at Gomoa Mfantseman, called on the Government to provide fertilizers to farmers in the remote areas to promote the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs.’
Mr Anthony Cole, an opinion leader, expressed regret that politicians often chased them for votes only to abandon them after winning elections.