Akuapim South celebrates 35th Farmer’s Day

Placeholder image The 35th Farmer’s Day was held on Friday the 6th of December, 2019 at the Presbyterian School Park, Ahwerase. The occasion was graced by Hon. Frank Aidoo, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Akuapem South District Assembly, Hon. O. B. Amoah, the Member of Parliament for Akwapim South, Madam Lydia Akueteh, District Coordinating Director (DCD), the various heads of departments and agencies, the clergy, assembly members, some school children and the media.

Hon. O. B. Amoah said Ghana Exim Bank has given approval for funds for the development of the biggest poultry industry in the Akwapim South District of the Eastern Region. According to him, this would help boost the poultry industry and create employment for the people and called on investors to invest in agro-business. The MP also stated that Parliament would soon pass a legislative instrument for the District to become a Municipal Assembly.

Hon. Frank Aidoo congratulated the farmers, especially those into poultry, for their immense contribution to agriculture in the district and the country as whole. He stated that since the District is noted for the production of pineapples, the addition of poultry production would enhance economic growth as the second major agricultural product. He said the District had decided to promote massive production of maize at a low price to be able to produce poultry feed for the sector to make it competitive. Mr. Aidoo said the Assembly had budgeted to register farmers willing to accept high yielding maize seed and produce at an agreed price. Next year, the District would raise 200,000 hybrid coconut seedlings to support coconut plant at ions and promote greenhouse project to ensure all year round production of vegetables.

Ms Tharzia Akwetey, the Akwapim South District Director of Agriculture, said policies on agro-business must be developed, which must be district specific, to improve the whole agriculture value chain. Eighteen farmers were presented with prizes for their contribution to food production.

The overall Best Farmer went to Mr. Noah Offei, 46, of Ashiresu and received a tricycle, two pairs of wellington boots, five cutlasses, knapsack spraying machine, a piece of cloth, aluminum pans, hand gloves, pack of vegetable seeds and fertilizer. The Best Female Farmer went to Ms Mary Camour of Konkonuru and was presented with a tabletop fridge, a piece of cloth, head pan, knapsack sprayer, aluminum pans, pack of vegetable seed sand fertilizer. The Best Young Farmer was won by Mr. Andrew Asiedu, 29, from Pakro and received 32 inches televise on set, a bicycle, aluminum pans, knapsacks prayer, a pack of vegetable seeds and fertilizer.
  • Jan 24, 2020

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