Farmers to be honoured on Friday for their hard work in Kumasi

| Updated Nov 30, 2017 at 11:49pm



Hundred of farmers across the Country have arrived in the Ashanti Regional Capital City, of Kumasi to take part in the 33rd Farmers' Day.

The National Farmers’ Day was instituted by the Government of Ghana in 1985 in recognition of the vital role Farmers and Fishers play in the economy.

The day was set aside to Honour hardworking Farmers and Fishers for their efforts in sustaining the agric sector in Ghana.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament ahead of the Day, the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Akoto Afriyie, said, the day is to give very enticing awards to the Farmers and Fishers who have distinguished themselves by working closely with our research and our Agricultural officers, and through scientific methods, achieved commendable productivity, adding that, the occasion provides the Nation the opportunity to promote agriculture to the Youth in particular and other potential investors in the agriculture sector.

"This occasion therefore calls for the blessings and support of all Honorable members of the house to join the Government as a whole to gracefully celebrate the event and make our farmers and fishers proud."

The 32nd National Farmers Day was celebrated on Friday, December 9, 2016 at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region.

This year’s celebration is the 33rd in the series and the National Planning Committee selected Kumasi in as the venue for the celebration.

According to him, "we have introduced a new dimension into the celebration. The Farmers’ Day celebrations were officially opened in Kumasi by Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, November 24, with an 8-day Agricultural Fair."

Furthermore, the Fair was designed to provide every region a platform to showcase its wealth in terms of the variety and diversity of agricultural produce and potential of the region.

The Fair is also aimed at affording stakeholders in the sector an opportunity to interact, share experiences, get exposed to new products, opportunities for investment and better insight Government agricultural policies.

Furthermore, the regional focus of the Fair is to provide an opportunity to blend the rich and unique culture of each region with agriculture to give the Fair an added significance.

The theme for this year’s celebration “Farming for Food and Jobs”.

The focus this year is therefore on jobs for the Youth and sustained food security for the population, the Minister noted.

"It is important to remind Honorable members that the celebration is co-sponsored by two Ministries: The Ministry of Fisheries and the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. "

Story by Francis Edzorna Mensah and Mabel Adorkor Annang