The Techiman North District in the Brong Ahafo Region awarded 27 farmers who has contributed in feeding Ghana’s growing population at Tano-Boase on Friday, December 5th 2014, which marks this year’s National Farmers Day in the country.
The National Farmers Day celebration was established by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to honour the nation’s hard working farmers.
On the first Friday of every December, farmers who excel in their respect fields are awarded with certificates and other prizes.
The 2014 edition of the celebration was under the theme: “Eat what you grow”
District Chief Executive, Hon. Anthony Kwaku Marnuh speaking at the occasion said food is an essential component of human existence as well as a fundamental human right and also an important indicator of economic development hence the MDG goal number one is aimed at reducing by half the number of people living with hunger by the year 2015.
He called on the farmers to continue to work hard and also take advice from their Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) so that in the near future the would also be beneficiaries of the awards.
According to Hon. Anthony Kwaku Marnuh, the them “eat what you grow” has been chosen in order to show the need for ensuring sustainability of food security in the country.
He added that, the department of agriculture of the Techiman North assembly will continue to assist farmers in the district especially smallholders to ensure good quality when the product reach the market.
“The department will also intensify education on the use of modernized farming technologies to control post-harvest losses. We must intensify education awareness creation to our farmers to ensure that they adopt improved technology to increase production, reduce post-harvest losses and give us healthy and nutritious produce and also for better income for farmers.”
Member of Parliament for Techiman North, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh said theme for this year’s Farmes Day celebration is laudable hence all people must eat they produce and also increase on productivity in order to fight poverty.
He urged government workers to also involve themselves into farming.
Hon. Alex Kyeremeh annouced that, works on Boayam, Asue Junction, Tuobodom and Faaman are on-going and will facilitate easy road access to farmers when completed.
Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare, who was at the ceremony charged the youth to involve theirselves in agric-business and pledged to provide 27 spraying machines to all the awardees.
She said farming is not for school dropouts but rather hard-working people.
By: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku