37th Farmer’s Day Celebrations in Akuapim South Municipal

Placeholder image On the 3rd of December, 2021, Akuapim South Municipality also celebrated her farmers. Akuapim South Municipality was not left out this year’s nationwide Farmers Day Celebration which was held on 6th of November, 2020. The celebration was graced by the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Hon. Frank Aidoo, Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. O. B. Amoah, Madam Lydia Akueteh, Municipal Coordinating Director and was chaired by Otuobour Nana Djan Kwasi, Chief of Aburi. Various speeches were given by the MCE, MP, the Chair and the Municipal Agric Officer, Madam Tharzia Akwetey. The speeches included congratulatory messages, the way forward and messages to encourage the youth to get involved in Agricultural activities to create employment.

The MCE delivered a speech on this eminent event on behalf of the President, His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo. He expressed his heart felt gratitude to God and the farmers for such a great event. He spoke on the theme; ‘Planting for Food and Jobs- Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana’. He said in the developmental policies of the Government, agriculture or farming is keen. These included; One District One Factory (1D1F), Planting for Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food and Export, Planting for Food and Rural Development, One Village One Dam, etc., of which the municipality has benefited. He congratulated farmers for their undying efforts during the Covid19 season to feed the country. He stated that to reduce unemployment in the country, the youth should develop the love for agriculture. ‘It is our fervent prayer and hope that the awards given would motivate all farmers to work extra hard in order to increase their productivity next year’ he said.

Hon. O. B. Amoah, MP, similarly spoke stressing on how effective and successful the government’s programs such as planting for food and jobs, rearing for food and exports and others have been to the bumper harvests recorded since 2017 till date. He indicated that in this season of Covid 19, whereas some countries are straggling, Ghana has been able to feed her people and also export so much. The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in collaboration with Department of Agric also played significant role in this sector through Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERD). Through this initiative many youths have been trained in greenhouse development for vegetables. He also thanked the famers for engaging enormously in these programs and also encourage the youth to enter into farming to reduce the incidence of unemployment in the country.

Mrs. Ernestina Ohene from Dago, a farmer of cassava, oil palm, cocoyam, yam, cocoa, cattle, local birds, vegetables, maize, pigs, plantain, pineapple, sheep and goats was crowned the Akuapim South’s 2021 Best Farmer, followed by Mr. Gideon Cudjoe of Kwame Ntow and Alex Okyere from Dago as the second (2nd) and first (1st) runner-ups farmers in the municipality respectively. About twenty (20) farmers were awarded.

In an address by the Chairman, Otoubour Nana Djan Kwasi, thanked all farmers for their contribution to the national food basket and to the organisers of the event. He congratulated the best farmer and advised all especially farmers to diligently and effectively work harder to increase their chances of been selected as awardees for the years ahead since the country’s larger of the economy is dependent on agriculture.

The Akuapim Vocational Training Institution also took the opportunity to showcase some of their gastronomies at the event.
  • Jan 23, 2022

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