A female farmer Madam Merewaa Grace from Amoakrom has emerged the Overall Municipal Best Farmer for Wenchi in the 36th National Farmers’ Day Celebration.
She was given a Motor King, 3 Knapsack Sprayers, Half piece of cloth, 3 pairs of Wellington Boots, 4 cutlasses, 8 Assorted Agro Chemicals, Copies Super, Yara Fertilizer and a Certificate.
This year’s programme under the theme “Agribusiness Development Under Covid-19”, held at Wenchi-Akrobi awarded more than a dozen hard working farmers in various categories of agricultural enterprises.
Addressing farmers, farmer groups and other stakeholders at the 36th National event, the Minister for Planning and Member of Parliament Prof George Gyan-Baffour said The NPP government have initiated pragmatic flagship programmes that has enhanced the agriculture sector of the country. Policies like the District Chamber of Agriculture, commerce and Technology, Planting for Export and Rural Development in promoting Cashew, Mango and Cassava cultivation, Planting for food and jobs , rearing for food and jobs are aimed at providing raw material base to feed our Local Industrialization Agenda. The government has supported farmers through the provision of improved seeds and seedlings, Provision of fertilizers and dedicated extension services, amongst others. there has been increased self-sufficiency which has led to increased in consumption of local and indigenous products. He noted that the COVID period has boasted our conviction that ,the agricultural sector has great potential that will require partnership with a private sector prepared to take advantage of the investment climate we are creating for the mutually beneficial enterprise. Thriving agriculture has been the springboard to general economic development in developing countries including Ghana.
The desire to stimulate the agricultural sector in this municipality would require intervention by investors in agribusiness, farming and agro-food processing. These subsectors are vital to the continued economic growth and facilitate the emergence of a dynamic agricultural sector capable of a major contribution to the economy of Ghana resulting in better living conditions for its population.
He assured of the government’s continous support and participation in agricultural development through the provision of favourable policies (seeds and fertilizer subsidy programmes), affordable credit, communications (roads, telecommunication), good standards of service (extension services, research), clinics, schools which are quite useful in catalyzing development. The government would continue to implement policies to reward farmers and investors better for their investments. Prof Gyan-Baffour used the occasion to appeal to adventurous Ghanaians and other foreign investors who are keen to invest profits to come into the municipality and consider investment in the agricultural sector.
Mr. Emmanuel Anane Besea from Beposo and Christopher Yeboah from Awisa was were 1st and 2nd Runner Ups respectively. The 1st Runner Up was given Motor Bike and 2nd Runner Up had HD Foam Mattress and other farm implements to aid them in their agricultural activities. Some categories such as Best Crop Farmer, Best Livestock Farmer, Best Youth Farmer, Best Physically Challenged Farmer, Best Fire Volunteer, etc were also awarded.
Credit: Information Services Department (ISD)
By: Stanick Sofel Amuzu Kpodo/6th Nov 2020.