Kumasi poised to host 33rd edition of National Farmers’ Day December 1
| Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 2:42pm
Award winners for the 2017 National Farmers Day have arrived in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi ahead of the day.
According to GBC’s Nicholas Osei-Wusu, an exhibition to showcase agricultural products is receiving very encouraging patronage.
Meanwhile, the Asante-Akyim South Municipality has rewarded 24 farmers for hard work and their contributions towards the development of agriculture in the area.
This was at the 33rd annual farmers’ day celebration held at Bompata.
Thirty-nine year old George Boateng, adjudged the overall best farmer for the year, was presented with a tricycle, knapsack sprayer, wellington boots, cutlasses, wax print, agro-chemicals, a Radio set and a certificate.
He cultivated 27 acres of cocoa, 47 acres of oil palm, 10 acres each of plantain, maize and cocoyam, five acres of cassava, two acres each of coconut and pineapple and an acre each of tomatoes, okro and garden eggs.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Alexander Frimpong, spoke of plans by government to ensure all-year round cropping.
The aim, he said, is to increase production, boost food security and create job opportunities for the youth.
He announced that provision has been made by the Municipal Assembly in its 2018 budget for additional subsidies on inputs supplied to farmers under the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs programme’.
This move is to enable more farmers register for the programme to increase food production.
The Municipal Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Dr. David Anambam, congratulated the farmers for their hard-work and sacrifices that have kept the economy going.
He encouraged them to adopt best practices and heed to expert advice by extension officers for higher crop yields.
He reminded those who received inputs under 'the Planting for Food and Jobs' package, to pay back any outstanding money in order to sustain the programme.
A former Mixed Crop award winner in Tema, Mustapha Mawuzu, has appealed to organizers of the celebration to ensure that the awards can be put to good use.
Speaking to Radio Ghana, he said most of the equipment such as the tricycle, which he received, cannot be used because it is outmoded.
Mr. Mawuzu who has a six-acre crop farm at Tema Community Six, said his main concern during this year’s crop season was the army worm infestation which affected his farm.
In a related development, the General Agricultural Workers’ Union, GAWU of the Trades Union Congress has congratulated farmers on the occasion of the 33rd National Farmers Day, which falls December 1.
A statement signed by its General Secretary, Edward Kareweh acknowledges the important role of agriculture, and in particular, farmers to economic growth despite the myriad of challenges confronting the sector.
GAWU said the theme for this year's celebration “Farming for Food and Jobs” is a timely and significant call which supports long standing advocacy, for the consumption of locally produced agricultural produce, especially local rice and poultry products.
It notes that a strong pro-agriculture approach driven by productivity, growth, associated public investments and market access, can shoot the sector beyond its current levels.
The statement reminds government and key stakeholders to recognize smallholder farmers who are mostly women, as the main investors in the agricultural sector.
It urges government to support agriculture through policies and investments that will address the challenges confronting the sector which is the mainstay of the country's development.
GAWU calls for a comprehensive review of the farmers’ day celebration to move away from its annual ritualistic nature, and align it to more radicalized, revolutionary and pragmatic national policies.