A 48-year-old farmer, Ibrahim Amadu, emerged the overall best farmer in the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipality at this year’s Farmers’ Day Celebration at Pantang.

He received a tricycle, a wheel barrow, four cutlasses, a pair of wellington boots, 5 cartons of weedicides and pesticides, a certificate and other assorted farm inputs.

Ibrahim Amadu owns 8 acres each of cassava and maize and is also into the cultivation of vegetables such as pepper and tomatoes. He is married with 8 children.

Other award winners included Adu Gyamfi, Municipal Best Youth Farmer; Prosper Kwadzo Dogbe, Muncipal Best Crop Farmer; Rafiwu Mohammed Larry, Municipal Best Live Stock Farmer; Flowing Streams Farms, Municipal Best Poultry Farm; Alhaji Abdul Rahmani, Municipal Best Physically Challenged Farmer; Mrs Emelia Apio, Municipal Best Agriculture Extension Officer; Madam Christabel Afrane, 2nd Runner up Municipal Best Farmer; and Madam Lydia Kai Amon, 1st Runner up Municipal Best Farmer.

In an address, Hon. Jennifer Dede Afagbedzi, Municipal Chief Executive, said the importance of agriculture to the development of the country could not be ignored.

Hon. Afagbedzi indicated that the vision of the government for the next four years was to modernize agriculture, improve production efficiency by supplying improved seeds and fertilizer, develop irrigation, improve extension services, promote research, improve mechanization and promote commercial and block farming .

She encouraged Senior High Schools in the Municipality to liaise with the Department of Agriculture and take advantage of government’s “Food Farms for Schools (FOFAS) programme ― an offshoot of the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ policy.

The initiative, she said, would supplement the supply of the schools’ food sources and also generate revenue.   

In a welcome address, the Municipal Director of Agriculture, urged farmers to always adopt good farming practices in order to increase their yields.

Alhaji Boniface Abubakari Saddique, Minister of Inner City and Zongo Development, said transforming the nation’s agriculture was a major priority of the government.
The minister, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Madina Constituency, commended farmers for their immense contribution to the nation’s economy.

Dignitaries present included Alhaji Saaka Dramani, Municipal Co-ordinating Director; Traditional Rulers and Heads of Department. This year’s Farmers’ Day was celebrated under theme: “Farming for Food and Jobs”  

Source: ISD (Isaac Odoom Egyin)