The President of the Concerned Farmers Association of Ghana, Nana Opambour Osei Bonsu has registered his displeasure at the choice of Kumasi as host venue of the 33rd National Farmers’ Day.
Nana Opambuor who based his argument on Kumasi’s status as a “developed city” said the event is worth sending to deprived communities in order to bring their challenges to the fore.
“I am not happy with the government’s decision to celebrate this year’s National Farmer’s Day at Kumasi because the city is already developed,” he told host Captain Adabugar during Thursday’s Rite Morning Show.
He added that hosting the event in a “developed city” such as Kumasi will not leave any legacy for residents.
“Hosting the event in Kumasi will not leave any legacy for the people since there are already good roads and other infrastructures to enhance the smooth hosting of the event in such cities,” he opined.
According to Nana Oboade, the regional capitals that hosted previous National Farmer’s Day events are already having enough in terms of infrastructure.
“The regional capitals that hosted earlier National Farmer’s Day events already have enough in terms of infrastructure as compared to the deprived farming communities which do not have good roads to their farms to move their farm produce to the cities,” he said.
The president of the Concerned Farmers on the other hand suggested Bosomtwi, a farming community in Kumasi, would have served as a more appropriate venue for Friday’s celebrations which would have provided government with the opportunity to repair its deplorable road network and other infrastructural challenges.
“This year’s farmer’s day should have taken place in Bosomtwi, a farming community in Kumasi so that the government per its preparation can consider the deplorable road network and other infrastructural challenges in that community and work on it before the celebrations so that after the event, the community can refer to the improvement in their infrastructure as a reminder of the occasion,” he asserted.
The 33rd Farmers’ day which is scheduled for Kumasi on Friday is in recognition of the vital role farmers and fishers play in the economy especially the highly commendable output of farmers and fishermen in the country.
The day is thus celebrated to motivate them to produce more.
Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail