Twenty-one (21) farmers in the Kumasi Metropolis have been honored with prizes for outstanding contribution to the growth of agriculture in the metropolis.
They received agro-chemicals, radio sets, watering can, mattresses, wellington boots, cutlasses and certificates.
This was at a farmers’ day celebration held at Atwima-Takyiman under the theme “farming for food and jobs”.
Forty-year Maxwell Kwaku Asankomah, owner of the Shamo Farms and Trading Enterprise at Dakwadwom, was adjudged the overall best farmer for the year.
For this, he took home a 32-inch television set, bicycle, mower, radio set, mattress, wellington boots and a certificate.
He has 1,200 pigs, 35 cattle, 20,000 birds, meat processor, two acres of orange farm, two acres coconut plantation, a three-acre cassava farm, two acres of plantain and a horse.
Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), spoke of the government’s unwavering commitment to transform the nation’s agriculture – to boost production levels and returns to the farmer.
He said it was eager to make farming a more lucrative business to entice young people into the sector and cited the introduction of various interventions including cocoa mass spraying, construction of warehouses to reduce post-harvest losses, and strong extension service support.
He encouraged everybody to re-visit the past practice of backyard farming, plant trees and to keep their surroundings tidy.
Mr. Asankomah appealed to the government to do more to assist farmers’ to access loans at reasonably low interest rates.