Leader of the Asutuare Rice Famers Association in the Greater Accra Region, Mr. Daniel Teye has complained bitterly about the lack of consultation with all relevant stakeholders, especially FBOs, on the part of organizers of the National Farmers’ Day in the Shai Osudoku District.
The leader of the Farmer-Based Organization told Rite news in an interview on Tuesday that the Shai Osudoku District Assembly, organizers of the event in the district failed to consult the various FBOs in the planning of the farmers day celebrations designed to award the district’s best farmer.
“They do not do proper consultation but rather see people individually,” Mr. Teye disclosed.
When asked if he was privy to the criteria used in awarding the various winners, the farmer while denying knowing what criteria the organizers used chided them for not involving the various Farmer Based Organizations in the award scheme.
“I don’t know the criteria they use because they do not give us the opportunity to know and I therefore cannot state if the winners deserve their awards or not,” he said.
Suspecting foul play in the upcoming awards, Mr. Teye was doubtful if the choice of farmer for the best farmer category in the district would be appropriate as there were subtle attempts to overlook the deserving best farmer for another.
Mr. Daniel Teye urged government to give more incentives to farmers to attract more unemployed youth into the sector.
He also urged the organizers of the event to ensure that only duly deserving farmers are awarded on the day while pushing for combine harvesters for the winners.
The event, which is the 34th edition since the introduction of the awards scheme, is expected to attract stakeholders in agriculture and fisheries from across the country and beyond.
Natreku will host the 34th edition of the National Farmers’ Day celebrations in the Shai Osudoku District this year.