Mr. Kofi Kwabia, a 40 year old farmer from Kasaam is the best farmer in Kwabre East for the 30th edition of the National Best Farmer Anniversary celebrations held at Ntonso under the theme ?Eat what we grow?.
Mr. Kwabia, a single man with three children owns a 30-acre plantation of farm products including cocoa, citrus, oil palm, maize and cassava. He also rears farm animals numbering about 90 local birds, sheep and rabbits.
He received a 43 inches Samsung LCD television set donated by Sekyere Rural Bank, some farm inputs and ultimately a sword to indicate his supremacy over all the farmers in the district.
The second and third awards went to Nana Nyarko Fordjour of Bampenase and Mr. Mohammed Azimbe of Ahwiaa respectively. The second best farmer received a double door refrigerator donated by the Member of Parliament, Hon. Kofi Frimpong and the third award also received a table top refrigerator and some other farm inputs.
Addressing the gathering, the District Chief Executive, Hon. Adams Iddisah congratulated farmers for their contribution to the growth of the nation?s socio-economic development and admonished them not to relent on their efforts.
He added that government was still committed to supplying farmers with fertilizer and other farm inputs to make farming useful to them and also attractive to the youth. He also warned that any official of the Ministry of Agriculture (MoFA) or government official found to be selling any of the farm inputs meant to be given to farmers free of charge would be dealt with according to the full rigours of the law.
He also called on Ghanaians to patronize our local products as the theme goes ?eat what we grow?.
For his part, the District Director of Agriculture, Mr. S. K. Semakor also noted that the difficult challenge facing the Agricultural sector in the district is the non-existence of arable lands for farmers to farm.
He appealed to traditional leaders and all the stakeholders to preserve lands meant for farming in order to save the future of farming in the district. He warned that if measures are not taken, in the near future, the district would be faced with famine.
The Member of Parliament, Hon. Kofi Frimpong, also congratulated farmers for their inputs and appealed to the government to take a closer look at the poor road network in the district. He said most of the farmers in the district do not enjoy the fruit of their labour because after harvesting, they are not able to cart their produce to the markets due to the poor road networks.
He added that if the poor road network is handled well most farmers will enjoy from their efforts and it will be a big boost for all in the district.
In all over 100 farmers were rewarded.
Source: Francis Andoh (ISD)