Mr Timothy Baba, a 38 year old teacher from Vea community has been adjudged the 2021 Bongo District best farmer.
The interdisciplinary farmer was part of 17 farmers who received various awards at Bongo District as part of the commemoration of the 37th Farmers’ Day which was held on the theme, “Planting for Food and Jobs – consolidating food systems in Ghana”.
Mr Baba is a multiple farmer who is into the cultivation of various food crops such as maize, rice, sorghum, vegetables, and livestock, and fishing farming.
He was awarded a Motorking tricycle, pair of wellington boot knapsack sprayer, radio set, cutlass, and a certificate.
Ms Rita Atanga, the District Chief Executive for the area who congratulated the farmers for their contribution to food sufficiency in the district noted that since the implementation of the government’s flagship programme, planting for food and jobs in 2017, many farmers in the district had increased food production.
“We are almost ending the 2021 planting season and reports received from the Department of Agriculture are that more farmers have participated in the government flagship programme, planting for food and jobs,” she said.
She said during the 2021 farming season, 27,200 bags of NPK, 2,000 bags of Urea, 300 bags of maize, and 100 bags of rice were received and distributed to farmers in the district.
Ms Atanga advised farmers to adhere to best farming practices to protect the environment and increase yields, adding, “adopt new and improved technology from the Department of Agriculture and the Forestry Commission so that it will help to increase productivity and sustainable agriculture development”.
“With the one district, one warehouse policy, the government supported the district with the construction of a warehouse at Bogrigo. The facility has a capacity of 1,000 metric tons. The construction of the facility has been completed and it is yet to be put to use.”
Mr Edgar Drah, the Bongo District Director of the Department of Agriculture urged the farmers to venture into dry season farming and make good use of the small dams constructed and the Vea Irrigation Dam.