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 nineteen of its hardworking farmers to mark the 32nd 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, ‘Agribusiness: A business approach to economic growth,’ nineteen farmers of the district smiled home with various prizes at a ceremony held at Volivo near Asutsuare.
65-year-old James Azanu Apaah 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. Azanu also received a pair of wellington boots, a cutlass, a motorized spraying machine, and respirators, among others to aid his farming activities.
But Mr. Azaanu wasn’t the only farmer who smiled home on Friday. Eighteen others consisting of three females who won different categories also walked home proud winners of their respective fields. The women, 90-year-old madam Maku Obu, Hannah Animle and Jennifer Okitey were adjudged the district’s aged farmer, pepper and the best woman farmer categories respectively.
Other winners and their categories were James Agokatse for maize, Joseph Danso for local poultry, Richard Adamitey for physically challenged and cassava. Others were John Tetteh Guamah who won best rice farmer; Daniel McCarthy for cattle; honourable William Narh adjudged best tomato farmer and Korletey Tawiah who was also adjudged the best onion farmer.
Also adjudged winners in other categories included local vegetable, Tetteh Isaac Kwao; plantain, seth Amewugah Ayivor; sweet potato, Kofi Amegatse; exotic vegetable, Daniel Buckley; Do’or Farms Ltd, mango; Sowah Quartey, Aquaculture; Justine Zigah, Okra; Adjei Afranie for grasscutter.
Most of the award winners who spoke to ritefmonline expressed glee and satisfaction at the awards.
In a post event interview with Rite news, Mr. Jonathan Nartey who is the district Extension Officer for Shai Osudoku expressed content at the event. He noted that though bicycles were not given out this year unlike what pertained in previous years, he was nevertheless satisfied with the motorized sprayers which replaced the manual sprayers.
Chairman for the occasion and chief of Osudoku, His Royal majesty, Aadegbor Ngmongmowuyaa Kwesi Animle VI (FCIDA) called on investors desirous of setting up in the locality to go through the traditional authorities in acquiring litigation free lands in order to forestall unnecessary land tussles in the future. He also called on the local farmers to draw the attention of the authorities to estate developers who run down their farm lands for the necessary action.
District Chief Executive for Shai Osudoku, honourable, Emmanuel Lartey said government was making remarkable contributions to the agriculture sector. Highlighting some of what he termed the achievements of the NDC government in the area of agriculture, the DCE mentioned expanded fertilizer distribution as well as the distribution of seeds to 10000 farmers across the country. According to him, increase in local rice production has led to the decrease in the importation of rice.
Other achievement he attributed to the government include increase in food production, livestock production as well as the increase in tuber and fish production.