38th NATIONAL FARMERS’ DAY CELEBRATION

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The 38th edition of the National Farmers’ Day celebration was observed by the Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly at the Nasrawa school park on Friday, 2nd December, 2022 on the theme ‘‘Accelerating Agricultural Development Through Value Addition’’.

Mr. Samuel Osei, the Head of Agriculture Department of the Assembly welcomed the gathering by acknowledging the Dignitaries and everyone present.

In his address, he thanked the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. George Cyril Bray for his unflinching support to the Agriculture Department and farmers in the municipality.

Mr. Osei stated that, the Agriculture Department of the Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly provided improved vegetable seedlings and seeds to the farmers, schools and households. Farmers were also educated on improved forms of fish farming, Rabbit, Poultry and other livestock production.

‘‘Periodically, the Agricultural Department organizes training for women in Soya utilization, value addition handling, vegetable storage, Education on food and nutrition and market extension methods for women’’. He added.

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The Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. George Cyril Bray expressed his profound gratitude to the farmers for working tirelessly every year to provide food for every individual in the country. 

Mr. Bray stated that, the theme for the 38th National Farmers Day celebration theme; ‘‘Accelerating Agricultural Development through Value Addition’’ was very strategic as it touched on key issues confronting the nation in the Agricultural Sector, hence the government had instituted several measures to resolve Post harvest and marketing issues.

The MCE was happy to announce that, under the Planting for Food and Jobs program, the Municipal Assembly had distributed 1500 vegetable seeds and seedlings to 200 households and 5 institutions within the municipality.

He therefore encouraged the people of Ablekuma West to add passion to farming in order to boost food and livestock production in the Municipality. He elaborated that, the Agriculture Department this year, had visited over 1,450 farms, households and also, provided extension services on the importance of home gardening and animal rearing.

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Hon. George Cyril Bray commended the Agriculture Department for a successful demonstration on catfish rearing using the trampoline method. ‘‘This training system has benefited a lot of people with more employment avenues’’. He said.

Mr. Bray appealed to the farmers and fishers to stop the misuse of agrochemicals. He advised that, farmers were to consult accredited input dealers such as the Agriculture Extension Agents in their operational areas and visit the Department of Agriculture at the Municipal Assembly for technical assistance on the use of these agrochemicals.

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Hon. George Cyril Bray applauded the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for his utmost support for Farmers throughout the nation, the MP for Ablekuma West; Hon. Ursula Owusu Ekuful and most importantly the 2022 overall best farmer and all the farmers for their hard work and dedication this year.

In attendance were: Mr. Samuel Amoah (MCD), Hon. Emelia Agyemfra Donkor (PM), Assembly Members, Heads of Departments, Religious Leaders, Traditional Leaders, Farmers and the General Public.

BELOW ARE THE AWARDEES FOR THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES.

OVERALL BEST FARMER; Mr. FRED TETTEH MILLS.

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  • Resides in Opetekwei. 
  • AGE: 52yrs.
  • Profession: Teacher.
  • Been farming for 1year 6months now.
  • He grows vegetable, fruits and tubers.
  • He has 6 casual workers.
  • Registered member at GHAPFA. 
  • Items Received: Polytank 1400L, Chest freezer, Wheel barrow, and Napsak sprayer, Wellington boot, Cutlass, and Certificate of honor.      

BEST POULTRY FARMER; Mrs. FAUSTINA OFORI BOATENG.

  • She resides in Mpoase.
  • Mainly into poultry.
  • 43yrs with 4 children: 2 girls and 2 boys.
  • Been in poultry business for 8yrs.
  • She has 1400 birds; 1300 layers and 100 broilers.
  • Registered member of GHAPFA.
  • No permanent or casual workers.
  • Items received: Wheel barrow, Cutlass, Wellington boot, Ice chest and Certificate of honor.

BEST CROP FARMER; Mr. AYEM BISA.

  • Resides in Otodjor.
  • 50yrs old with 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls.
  • He is a gardener and security personnel.
  • Been in farming for 5yrs.
  • He is into maize, okro, kontomire farming with144 suckers of plantain, orange and mangoes.
  • No permanent or casual worker.
  • Items received: Wellington boot, Cutlass, Wheel barrow, Ice chest and Certificate of honor.

BEST FISHERMAN; Mr. NII ABULO LAMPTEY.

  • Resides in Gbegbeyise.
  • 53yrs old married with 5 children 3boys and 2 girls.
  • Harvest: Burrito, Bumper and Barracuda.
  • Catches 15 crates of fishes during bumper harvest.
  • Has two (2) houses at different location.
  • Items received: Chest freezer and Certificate of honor.               

BEST LIVESTOCK FARMER; MR. ZULKANAINE ABDUL RAMAN.

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  • Resides in Akokofoto.
  • 40yrsold, married, 7 children; 5 female and 2 males.
  • Farm located in Tunga.
  • He has 200 cattle, 68 sheep.
  • He has been farming for 12yrs now with 12 permanent workers.
  • He is the chairman of the Tunga a Cattle Ranch Association.
  • He is into importation of cooking utensils and real estate management.
  • Items received: Chest freezer, Wellington boot, Wheel barrow, Cutlass and Certificate of honor.

 

By: Juliana Abena Agbenyeke