The National Farmers’ Day in Ghana is celebrated on the first Friday of December each year to recognise the contributions of farmers and fishers in the country. The Day is also envisioned to pay veneration to the importance of the farming and fishing industry in the socio-economic growth of Ghana.
This year farmers’ day celebration was held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC) in the Greater Accra Region. This year marks the 2nd edition of the farmers’ day celebration for the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly. Its therefore remarkable as we gathered together to honour our gracious farmers.
The theme for this year farmers’ day celebration is ‘’Planting for food and jobs consolidating food systems in Ghana’’. This theme is an important paradigm from production led agriculture to market oriented and value addition. Making it possible for our farmers to plant not only for food but for sustained jobs that will afford our farmers a payback period for their hard work over the years.
The forces of change i.e. globalization agricultural market reforms in developing countries plus the industrialization of world agriculture pave the way for an increase use of contract farming as one form of institutional organization to bring about greater coordination in the agro food supply chain. The industrialization of Agriculture in developing countries is often shaped by different set of constraints and forces than those by developed world. As a result, one can see a diversity of institutional arrangement emerging in the developing world.
Present day consumers are demanding much more than choices, they also want quality, consistency and value. Much of agriculture therefore has to shift from a philosophy from here’s what we have produced to a situation where farmers take note of the consumer want.
Technologies are therefore abounding to make it possible to ensure that, agricultural and food products do have the characteristics consumers wants and therefore our farmers should take advantage of this available technologies.
Increased levels of processing, improved productivities, new technologies and market forces have expanded the range of products and food production has become an industrialized capital-intensive business that operates in a highly competitive and unpredictable global market.
Agriculture has therefore seen a move away from open market production and has become increasingly vertical.
The targeting small scale agriculture system is critical through new and innovative public-private partnership, increased private investment in research and extension system and development-oriented local governance and institution. This has been practicalised by the Government of the Republic of Ghana’s support through the PFJ, RFJ and PERD initiatives.
A total of 10 farmers (9 farmers and 1 Municipal A.E.A) were awarded for their immense contribution to the food security status of the Municipality.
Kindly find below the Names of Awardees and their various categories;
|No:||Categories||Names of Awardee|
|1||Municipal overall Best Farmer||Kelvin Lankai|
|2||Best Farmer-1st Runner||Ahmed Ibrahim|
|3||Best Crop Farmer||Abdulai Manbony|
|4||Municipal Best Poultry Farmer||Andrews Ocquaye|
|5||Municipal Best Youth Farmer||Nana Yaw Sarfo Asante|
|6||Municipal Best Home Gardener||Tahiru Iddriss Osman|
|7||Municipal Best Livestock Farmer||Bethel Yaw Larbi Asare|
|8||Municipal Best Institution||St John’s ANT JHS|
|9||Municipal Best Woman Farmer||Ibrahim Ayinahu|
|10||Municipal Best Agric. Extension Agent/Officer||Mr. Jacob Aryee|
ITEMS RECEIVED BY AWARDEE
|S/N||Award Category||Items Received|
|1||Municipal overall Best Farmer||Tricycle, Rambo 5000L Storage Tank, Wheel Barrow, knapsack Sprayer, Wellington Boot, Spade and Shovel, Cutlass, Transporting create, 2 bays Layer Mash, Disinfectant, Wheat bran, Wire Mesh, Fertilizers ,Transporting Crates, Personal Protective Equipment(PPE),Wire Mesh|
|2||Best Farmer-1st Runner||Cheese freezer, Irrigation equipment, Water Storage Tank, Wheel Barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, Cutlass ,Disinfectant, Agro Chemicals, Fertilizer, Harvesting Crates, Personal protective Equipment(PPE) and Seeds.|
|3||Best Crop Farmer||Table top fridge, Water Storage Tank, Wheel Barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, Fertilizer, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, Cutlass, Agro Chemicals , Fertilizer, Wire Mesh and Seeds.|
|4||Municipal Best Poultry Farmer||Water Storage Tank, Table top fridge, Seeds, Wheel Barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, layer mash, wheat bran, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, Disinfectant, Cutlass ,Agro Chemicals, Transporting Crate|
|5||Municipal Best Youth Farmer||Water Storage Tank, Wheel Barrow, knapsack Sprayer, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, Layer Mash, Wheat bran, Disinfectant, Cutlass, Bicycle, Agro Chemicals, Personal Protective Equipment and Seeds.
|6||Municipal Best Home Gardener||Water Storage Tank, Wheel barrow, Knapsack sprayer, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, Wire Mesh, Cutlass, Agro Chemicals, Fertilizer, Seeds, Personal Protective Equipment|
|7||Municipal Best Livestock Farmer||Water Storage Tank, Wheel barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, Cutlass, Wheat bran, Wire Mesh, Agro-chemicals, Seeds, Disinfectant|
|8||Municipal Best Institution||Water Storage Tank, Wheel barrow, knapsack Sprayer, Wellington Boot, Agro-chemicals, fertilizers, Spade & Shovel, Cutlass, Wire Mesh, and Harvesting Crates and seeds.|
|9||Municipal Best Woman Farmer||Water Storage Tank, Wheel barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, Wellington Boot, Spade & Shovel, a piece of cloth, Cutlass, Agro Chemicals, Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) and seeds.|
|10||Municipal Best Agric. Extension Agent/Officer||Laptop and a Table top fridge|
Honourable Alhaji Mohammed Quaye , the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly in his address welcomed and congratulated all farmers and fishermen as well as in the Agricultural value chain for their contribution to the production of food to feed the nation.
He recommended that, there is a need to encourage and support our farmers to embrace new scientific methods and proper technologies to ensure sustainable food production and security to be able to meet the nutritional needs of the ever-growing population. Also, to be able to address for these concerns, the theme for this year’s celebration, “Planting for Food and Jobs; Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana” is appropriate and reflects the realities of today.
He stated that, the rate at which the population is growing and the rate at which food is being imported into the country, there is a need for us to eat what we grow. Therefore, we need to encourage private investors to channel their resources into the Agricultural sector to promote the production of our local food.
He further assured the farmers that government through the implementation of Planting for Food and Jobs Agenda would continue to make sure that the Agricultural Sector grow to raise productivity, income and create more jobs for the youth at large.
In conclusion, the Municipal Chief Executive gave thanks to the planning committee and congratulated the municipal award winners and even those who did not win awards not to relent in their efforts. The MCD through his address wish all present a Happy Farmers’ Day Celebration.