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Director of Crops Blames Farmers for Late Start of Awards Celebration

Mr. Francis Clottey who is the Project Officer for Wynca Sunshine (Ghana) Agric Products & Trading Co., Ltd which engages in farming tool production and sale of pesticides has blamed the late start of the 33rd Farmers’ Day celebration on the farmers, who were billed to be part of the occasion.

Mr. Clottey who doubles as the Director of Crops for the Department of Agriculture at Yilo Krobo said farmers who partook in the exhibition exercise did not mount their products early enough as they chose to wait for the drivers to come pick them to the venue.

“Instead of the farmers to mount their products for the exhibition early enough to pave way for the event, they rather chose to wait for the drivers coming to pick them to the venue to come pick them rather than resorting to alternative means of transportation. Meanwhile, most of the farmers came from the remote areas and the drivers were compelled to move from one village to the other to gather them all including the awardees,” he asserted.

The project officer expressed these sentiments in an interview with host of Rite FM’s Morning Show, Captain Adabugar on Monday during the Akuafo Sesen segment of the show.

Another challenge he identified which he agreed ought to be addressed in subsequent awards was inadequate chairs for guests.

According to him, farmers and invited dignitaries had to struggle with the awardees over seats which was a regrettable development.

Though he regretted the several challenges that cropped up on the day, he nevertheless indicated their organizing committee’s resolve to do a better job next time round.

“We have realized that the organization was poor on the day and we are going to put mechanisms in place to avoid a recurrence of this situation. Next year, we will make sure that farmers park their items a day before the occasion so that when they go round to pick them, they will not waste time as experienced this year. We will also make sure there are enough seats to accommodate everybody that will come to the programme,” he resolved.

The farmers’ day celebration in Yilo Krobo which took place at the Akutunya Station in Somanya saw the award of some eighteen farmers in various categories.

Participants in the event however had to endure several hours of wait before the commencement of the celebration. The event which was advertised to start at 9am eventually started at 11:30am.

Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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