The Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly has celebrated the 39th National Farmers’ Day at the Quaye Mensah Memorial AstroTurf Park, Alajo in Accra.
Speaking at the programme, the Municipal Chief Executive for Ayawaso Central, Hon.Archibold Mac Amuasie cobbina, welcome all to the gathering and congratulated all farmers and actors along the Agricultural value chain for a wonderful work done throughout the year and for their selflessness, dedication and commitment in feeding the Municipality and the Country as a whole.
The MCE noted that the Farmers’ Day Celebration is significant to the people of Ayawaso Central municipal in many aspects which among others, it is the fourth to be observed in the Municipality and also the first under his stewardship as the Municipal Chief Executive.
He explained that farmers’ Day is a day set aside to be observed in the first Friday of every December to recognize our hardworking Farmers including all other Agricultural related workers and professionals in the Country for their immense contribution towards the feeding of our beloved Nation as well as ensuring socio-economic growth of our economy. Hon.Archibold said, although agriculture is the backbone of the economy, about 80 percent of the total farmers are small scale farmers but with the potential to transform into commercially viable farmers if supported appropriately. “It is for this reason that the government is determined to support small scale agriculture through Agribusiness Development. The government of Ghana under the leadership of His Excellency President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has put in diverse measures through the introduction of ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy to promote the agribusiness sector encompassing farming related commercial activities which seek to create food security and also to produce raw materials to feed our industries while creating jobs in the process’, he emphasized.
He continued that it is therefore not a coincidence that the theme for this year’s 39th National Farmers ‘Day Celebration is focusing on Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience. “It was deliberately couched to reflect the vision of His Excellency the President and to further his Planting for food and jobs agenda, he explained.
The MCE revealed that, Smart solutions for Sustainable Food Security as this year’s theme suggests, aims to combat the current and future challenges of food production and consumption which is brought about factors such as climate change, conflicts, malnutrition, biodiversity losses, water scarcity, natural disasters, food spikes among others.
He said Ayawaso Central may not be typical farming community, however through the Department of Agriculture and his office are ever ready to technically assist the youth and business minded persons who intend to venture into agriculture and related activities in the Municipality in order to succeed in earning decent livelihoods. The Municipal Chief Executive therefore encouraged people who have little space available on their compounds to effectively utilize it by undertaking Non-traditional agriculture such as vertical and container gardening, mushrooms, grasscutter, rabbit, snail and fish farming among others. “I assure you that my office is ever ready to assist you ’’, he stated.
The Municipal Agricultural Director of Ayawaso Central Municipal Assembly, Miss Martina Mensah in her address commended farmers and all those involved in agricultural value chain for their persistent heroism and meritorious effort in making sure that food is always available on our tables. She said, Food Security is a complex socio-political concept which is more than just producing and supplying food. She continued that is a relationship between humans and nature that incorporates values and perceptions of food in the security of society (full brook 2010).
The Agric Director continued that, Food Security exist when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life (World Food summit 1996). She stated that more than 800 million people go hungry every year, yet almost one third of food grown and produced is lost or wasted. “Meanwhile, conflict, Weather extremes and economics shocks are causing production and supply chain issue that leave food systems vulnerable and so by transforming how is food is grown, produced and consumed, we can create secure ,sustainable and resilient food systems” She explained.
Miss Mensah said 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 endeavour. “We want you farmers and all these involved in the Agricultural value chain here in gathered to know that we appreciate your endeavours, perseverance and determination to succeed’’ she stated.
The Agric Director used the opportunity to thank all who have contributed in diverse ways to the success
Day Planning Committee, she thanked all donors most sincerely and wished them great success in their business so that they could again demonstrate their support to the Municipality’s future programmes when they are called to do so.
She also expressed her gratitude to the 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,’’ and to the Award winners, I say more grease to your elbows, keep your focus on higher laurels beyond the Municipality and never relent in your effort’’, she commended.
The Agric Director encouraged the Non-Award winners not to give up, but put the past behind them and press forward
Touching on the award winners, those who received award on the Municipal Best Organized Group were the Alajo marketers who trade in Alajo market and are dealers in all kinds of food items. They received 20 pieces of plastic chairs, wheel barrow, shovel and Disinfectants. The best Agricultural Extension Agent was Linda Osei –Nti, a 29- year old single lady with one (1) child whose Educational background is Tertiary with 6 years working experience. She received a laptop, wire mash, cutlass, pesticides and weedicides. The Best Crop Farmer was Sani Mohammed ,aged 35 and married with four(4) children .He has 2 casual workers with established business of 15 years .He deals in Exotic vegetables which are carrots, lettuce, bell peppers, cucumber ,beetroot , Kale and broccoli including local vegetables which are alefu , borkoborko , dandelion ,mint and basal leaves. He also have fifteen cattle’s .The Awards he received were water storage Tank , pumping machine ,wheel barrow ,knapsack ,sprayer, Wellington Boots, spade and shovel, cutlass, Agro chemicals , personal protective clothing, wire mesh , weedicides, insecticides and Disinfectants. The best livestock Farmer was Israel Kojo Awuja, a 34 year old single man located in Alajo North .He owns 270 cockerels, 500 broilers, and 19 Turkeys. Awards Received were water storage Tank, wheel barrow, knapsack sprayer, wellington Boots, spade and shovel, cutlass, wire Mesh, Disinfectants, wheat bran and Grower Mash. The institution who emerged as the best in agriculture is Kokomlemle 2 Basic school located at Panama. The school is only 2 years old with container Gardening of Tomatoes, coconut, cucumber, mango, Avocado pear, cocoyam and sweet pepper. The awards they received were water storage Tank , wheel barrow , Knapsack sprayer , wellington Boot ,spade and shovel ,cutlass ,wire mesh , Agro chemicals , seeds, Disinfectants and weedicides. The Best woman poultry Farmer was Mrs. Gladys Nketiah Frimpong, a 64 year old located at Pig farm with two (2) laborers. Her Business is 3 years old with 500 broilers, 1200 layers, 15 Turkeys and 1 coconut tree. She received awards of water storage Tank, Deep freezer, wheel barrow , knapsack sprayer, wellington Boot ,spade and shovel ,cutlass , mire mesh ,Agro chemicals , layer mash , wheat bran , personal protective Equipment (PPE) and 6 yards cloth.
The Overall best farmer in Ayawaso municipality for the year 2023 on the occasion of 39th Farmers’ Day Celebration was no other person than Mr. Emmanuel Quao Aikins, a 45 year old married man with 3 children. He established his Business 5 years ago with 2 temporal workers. He has a home gardening with Lettuce, green pepper, cucumber, radish and spices. He also owns 145 rabbits, 650 layers, 100 Brahma, plantain, coconut and carrots. He received awards of chest Freezer ,wheel barrow ,knapsack sprayer , wellington Boots ,spade and shovel ,cutlass ,Agro chemicals , Disinfectants ,Feed (grower/layer mash) Personal protective clothing ,wire mesh , wheat bran , insecticide , weedicide and poly tank .
Ivy N.A.A. Quansah
(Mun. information Officer)