Farmers can take pride in being recognized on the national farmers’ day, this is according to NFFAWAG chairman, Davies Narh Korboe.
The Chairman of the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana, NFFAWAG and 2009 national best farmer opined that aside the awards being given the farmers on the day, taking pride in being a recipient of the National Farmers’ Day Awards is honourable enough.
The recognition alone is good, he said.
Mr. Korboe who made the assertion on the Rite Morning Ride with host Austin Ofori Addo said winners of the awards must however not rest on their oars after the awards but strive in the honour of their successes to improve upon their farming activities.
According to the Board Chairman of Farm Management Services Limited, he never rested on his oars after winning the coveted award but went into massive expansion of his farming business in the northern part of the country, a venture he said turned extremely fruitful in the end.
“Nine years ago, I stood in Tamale to claim the award as the youngest in the history of the country. Few years later, I went back to the place to invest and expand my businesses all over. We started with mangoes, we are now doing maize and sorghum and even local rice,” the astute farmer asserted.
Mr. Korboe also disclosed that he, as part of efforts to sanitize the various farmer associations in the country, led the leadership of the various Farmer Based Organizations to the president for deliberations on farmers’ welfare.
This action, he noted followed President Akuffo Addo’s call on farmers to, despite belonging to individual associations and groups, come under one roof to facilitate easy partnership with government on various issues affecting the agric sector.
The arrangement, he disclosed will encourage government to deal directly with the farmers where 75% of decisions to be taken on the advancement of the agric sector will be made by sector players.
“I led the leadership of all the Farmer Based Organizations in the country to the president, Nana Akuffo Addo. The aim is to sanitize the associations to inspire government to deal directly with the farmers so that 75% of resolutions to be taken on the advancement of the agric sector will be made by sector players,” he averred.