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Farmers’ Day: Allocate More Funds for Celebrations – Isaac Numuteye

A Veterinary Officer and a member of the planning committee for the farmers’ day celebrations of Lower Manya Krobo, Mr. Isaac Nyumuteye, has associated “every organization in Ghana” to agriculture in the one way or the other.

According to the veterinary officer, every organization in Ghana is linked to agriculture which he said should excite people into to accept and identify with the national farmers’ day.

“Every organization is in one way or the other associated with the Farmers’ Day and the country should therefore accept the Farmer’s Day celebrations,” he urged.

Mr. Nyumuteye was particularly worried that provisions for the celebration of the day was not catered for in previous budgets and called for its inclusion in future budgets.

“It is unfortunate that even though the celebration is one of the most significant on our calendar, adequate provisions for its celebrations in terms of budgetary allocations are non-existent is pathetic,” he lamented.

The veterinary officer also called on rural banks and other financial institutions to support this celebration since the day has been accepted by the country.

“Our rural banks and other financial institutions must come in to support the celebrations since the day is recognized by all Ghanaians,” he urged. “The farmer’s day has come to stay as it’s comparable to other national events such as the 6th march celebrations. A budget should therefore be ready early enough to help the celebrations become successful.”

Criteria

The award scheme is a process by which the various deserving farmers are nominated for awards at the district, regional and national levels.

Some of the categories include the scale of operations like small scale of operations awards are presented at the districts level; medium scale of operations which awards are presented at the regional level and the large scale of operations awards are presented at the National level.

Farm diversification is another consideration when it comes to awarding nominees which means that a farmer should be involved in both crop and animal farming.

The farmer must also have some farming equipment, laboures, permanent workers, casual workers as well as knowledge and skills in the farming business in addition to knowledge on disease and pest control.

Mr. Nyumuteye while hoping for the best in the upcoming 2017 awards nevertheless acknowledged that some potential challenges and hiccups could arise in the course of preparations.

Source: Nana Ama Sarfo /ritefmonline.org/amasarfo297@gmail

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