Mr. Philip Kweku Agyeman can’t hide his excitement after being named the 2017 national best farmer. Beside; he is very grateful for the award and promised to use the opportunity to encourage more youth and others to venture into agriculture to boost agriculture, food production and security in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
He also lauded the president and the Agriculture Ministry for the award and assured that he will work harder to change the face of agriculture in the country.
Mr. Agyeman while speaking on Agric Forum on Rite FM after his victory, could not hide his joy and was full of praises to God, family members, community members and the government for their support over the years.
The award winner noted that $ 100, 000 is a huge sums of money and the money will not go into go into benefiting only his family but will also be invested into agricultural related projects that will favour other farmers to help project agriculture in the country.
He mentioned that this award has enthused him to do more since he was ready to take advantage of it to make agriculture look more attractive to encourage the youth, see it as a profitable venture to avoid reliance on government for employment, thereby reducing the rate of unemployment in the country.
Mr. Philip noted that his doors as well as his arms are always opened for all who are interested in agriculture and Agribusiness in the form of encouragement, technical assistance, advisory function and taking visitors to his farms for field trip, all in line with preparing young farmers for winning future awards.
50-year-old Philip Kwaku Agyeman from the Brong Ahafo Region with 28 years’ experience in farming was adjudged this year’s National Best Farmer on Friday, the 1st of December, 2017 during the farmers’ day celebration held in Kumasi, Ashanti Regional capital.
He has employed casual and permanent farm hands, totaling 205. The astute farmer owns 280-acres of farm that comprises 120-acre cocoa farm, 3 acres of fish pond, 95 acres of plantain, seven acres of cashew, 5 acres of orange farm and seven acres of coconut.
By Austin Ofori Addo/ritefmonline.org /email@example.com