The Shai Osudoku district in the Greater Accra region has at a colourful ceremony on Friday graced by traditional and political leaders joined the rest of the country when it rewarded eight of its hardworking farmers to mark the 33rd edition of the Farmers’ Day celebrations.
The celebration was part of the nation’s monumental move to recognize the contributions of the agricultural sector and its hardworking farmers.
Held under the theme, ‘Farming For Food And Jobs, ’eight farmers of the district smiled home with various prizes at a ceremony held at Doryumu in the Greater Accra Region.
46-year-old Emmanuel Teye Amponsah adjudged Shai Osudoku’s most prestigious and revered farmer for the year rode home a tricycle with a carrier to aid the conveyance of his farm produce from the farm to the market centers. Mr. Amponsah also received a cutlass, a knapsack sprayer, a knapsack sprayer, a full piece of cloth, a radio set, etc .
But Mr. Amponsah wasn’t the only farmer who smiled home on Friday. Seven others consisting of three females who won different categories also walked home proud winners of their respective fields.
The first runner-up position went to Madam Dora Appiah who went home with a motor cycle, a fridge, a knapsack sprayer, a full piece of cloth, a radio set, a cutlass, etc.
First runner-up, Madam Dora Appiah with her awardMr. Hayford Apafo also took the second runner-up position. For his prize, Mr. Hayford took home a fridge, a knapsack sprayer, a full piece of cloth, a radio set, a cutlass, etc .
Other winners and their categories were Mr. James Ernest Kofie, best Agric Extension Agent; Mr. Tetteh Adjokatse, Best Crop Farmer; Tetteh Bossu, District Best Livestock Farmer; Mary Otu, Best Physically-Challenged Farmer and Sako Creek Integrated Farms who took home the best district aquaculture.
The award winners who spoke to ritefmonline.org expressed delight and satisfaction at the awards.
In a post event interview with Rite news, Mr. Jonathan Nartey, Director of Extensions for Shai Osudoku expressed content at the event. He noted that though the number of awardees have been reduced from nineteen last year to only eight this year, the winners received better packages as compared to previous years.
District Chief Executive for Shai Osudoku, honourable, Daniel Akuffo acknowledged the contribution of the agric sector to thousands of Ghanaians.
“Agricultural development has benefitted thousands of people through higher income. It is upon this development that the government sought to improve livelihood by introducing planting for food policy which is a campaign policy introduced to help address the declining growth and interest in Ghana’s Agric sector,” he stated.
The Shai Osudoku district on Friday awarded eight farmers for their various roles in the advancement of agriculture in Shai Osudoku.