A 65-year-old woman, Madam Aku Adukpo, has been adjudged the overall best farmer during the celebration of the 37th annual Farmers’ Day in the Awutu-Senya East Municipality of the Central Region on Friday afternoon.
She received among other items, a 1500 litre reservoir, a deep freezer and a television set at the event held under the theme “Planting for Food and Jobs: Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana.”
Madam Aku Adukpo is into plantain, cassava, pepper, okro, tomatoes, potatoes, among others.
The first runner up, 40-year-old Mr Mohammed Agbavitor who cultivates potatoes, cassava, maize, pepper, okro, cowpea and birds, was given a water storage tank, a TV set, a spraying machine, boots, cutlasses, some containers of agrochemicals, hand gloves among others.
Thirty-seven year old Yussif Seidu, vegetable and livestock farmer, grabbed the second runner up award and had a water storage tank, a TV set, a spraying machine, boots, cutlasses, some containers of agrochemicals
Mr Salifu Seidu, 70, was adjudged the best aged farmer of the municipality.
Nine others were also recognised and awarded for distinguishing themselves in the agriculture sector.
Mrs Anita Obo Love Amissah, the Municipal Chief Executive, addressing a durbar at Ofaakor, commended all farmers and fishermen for their contributions to the country’s development.
Acknowledging the economic contribution of agriculture to Ghana’s progress over the past decades, she said the transformation of the Ghanaian economy was achievable through Planting for Food and Jobs.
She noted that agriculture played a central role in the economy and was expected to drive the newà development agenda of Ghana and called on both public and private sectors to invest immensely in the sector to create jobs and generate wealth.
“Today, the focus is to have a paradigm shift in the sector and to view it as a business that responds to the economic growth of the country and not just the conventional purpose of farming to feed the household,” Mrs Amissah stated.
“The prospect for suitable food production and improvement in food systems of the economy lies mainly on the efficient campaign of the Planting for Food and Jobs Programme that exist in numerous agricultural value chains for food productivity,” she added.
Mrs Amissah further expressed the Assembly’s commitment to increase agricultural productivity and thereby, catalyse a structural transformation in the economy through increased farm income and job creation.
In her address after receiving her award, Madam Adukpo advised the youth to find something doing for themselves and not to wait on the government for non existence jobs.
“If you are young and complain about unemployment, it sometimes baffles me. I have been farming since childhood and through that, I have been able to educate all my children and build myself a house,” she revealed.
For her part, the Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East Constituency, Madam Mavis Hawa Koomson, urged the young people in the area to take advantage of the Ministry’s Youth in Fishing programme.
She said she was prepared to offer help to any group of young people who wanted to go into fish farming to succeed.
“Put your request on paper and present it to the Assembly and it will be forwarded to me,” she said in a statement read on her behalf.
Source: Ghana News Agency