The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has celebrated its edition of 38 th National Farmers
Day at the Accra Technical Training Centre in Accra. The celebration was the Assembly’s 3 rd
edition since its inception in February, 2019.
Speaking at the programme, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Ayawaso Central Municipal
Assembly, Hon. Alhaji Mohammed Ababio Quaye said, as we are all aware, the first Friday of
December in every year has been set aside to celebrate and recognize hardworking farmers and
fisher folks as well as all those involved in the Agriculture value chain who have contributed
tremendously towards the socio-economic growth of our dear nation.
He said, it is therefore not out of place that Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has joined the
nation in this solemn occasion to highlight and appreciate our hardworking farmers and all those
who have contributed their quota to the Agricultural progression of this Municipality and the
Country as a whole.
The MCE therefore congratulated all the winners for this year’s celebration. He expressed his
heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated farmers and all those involved in the Agriculture value chain
who against all odds put in their exhaustive energy to offer the desired food security to this
Nation and also sustain our industrial machinery over the years.
Touching on this year’s theme for the celebration which is “Accelerating Agricultural
Development through Value Addition”, Hon. Alhaji Quaye said, the theme has carefully been
selected to reflect the continuing needs to improve agriculture in the country.
He however used the opportunity to call for the support of the planting for Food and Jobs agenda
by the government to help products and add value to it. He urged Ghanaians to consume more of
what we produce in Ghana to improve our economic well-being as a country.
The MCE made known that other interventions by the the Assembly and the Municipal
Agricultural Directorate include training of livestock farmers in feed formulation, training
market women in food safety and hygiene, Training Crop Farmers on climate change mitigating
measures, Vaccination of small ruminants against PPR as well as vaccination of Cats and Dogs
against rabies which is currently ongoing in the Municipality.
He said, despite Ayawaso Central not being a tradition farming community due to insufficient
land, the Assembly still supports residents, especially the youth to venture into backyard
farming, vertical, poultry farming, rabbit and grass cutter farming, snail farming, mushroom
farming, fish farming as well as agro-processing and value addition to agricultural products.
The Municipal Director of Agriculture in Ayawaso Central, Mrs. Martina Mensah in her address
said, “if we can locally produce what we eat and consume what we produce and possibly add
value to our produce, it will enhance our socio-economic well-being as people”. ‘It is therefore
imperative that we take advantage of all resources at our disposal which include the little spaces
on our compounds and in our backyards coupled with the technical assistance from the
Municipal Agricultural Directorate to produce food and subsequently add value to it irrespective
of the quantities’’, she stated.
She continued that, it is extremely gratifying that we as Ghanaians have deemed it worthy to
honor our men and women who through discipline and hard work, have excelled in their various
fields of endeavor. “We want you farmers and all those involved in the agricultural value chain
herein gathered to know that we appreciate your efforts, endeavors, perseverance and
determination to success”.
The Agric Director expressed her gratitude to everyone who in diverse ways contributed to make
the Farmers’ Day celebration a reality. “Making an occasion like this come to a reality could not
have been the singular effort of an individual or institution, but a network of collaborators”, she
stated. She thanked all donors and wished them success in their businesses so that they could
support again in the future when they are called to do so.
Mrs. Mensah also expressed her gratitude to the Municipal Assembly for its staunch and
unyielding support. “To the members of the Farmers’ Day Planning Committee, I say kudos for
your hard work and commitment”. She also wished the Award winners well and advised them to
keep their focus on higher laurels beyond the Municipality and never relent in their efforts. “And
to the non-award winners, I say don’t give up, put the past behind you and press forward”, She
A 39 year old Carlos Selassie Yaotse who is a catfish, snail and local birds farmer was adjudged
the Overall Best Municipal Farmer.
For his prize, he took home a tricycle, Water tank, wheel
barrow, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots and other farming implements. The best Woman
farmer was Hajia Alima Nabbah
and she also took home Water tank, wheel barrow, knapsack
sprayer, Wellington boots and other farming tools. The best Municipal Poultry farmer also went
to Mr. David Nii Tetteh Ahinakwa. He took home Water storage tank, Deep Freezer, Wheel
barrow, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots, feed mash and other farming materials. The best
Institution in Agric went to Abavanna Cluster of schools. They received Water storage tank,
wheel barrow, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots, Agro chemicals, fertilizers, seeds and other
farming tools. The best Youth in Agric went to Adams Arafat who also took home Water
Storage Tank, Wheel barrow, Knapsack Sprayer, Wellington boots, Table Top Fridge and other
Dignitaries who graced the occasion were the New Town Chief, Nii Aduananko II, the Kotobabi
Chief Commander, Madam Augustina Enti, the Nima Divisional Commander, Mr. Eric Asiedu
and the Chief Fire Officer, Mr. Julius Kuunuor.
Miss Ivy N.A.A. Quansah
(Mun. Information Officer)