A 58 year-old woman, Madam Agnes Baah at Simpa, in the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality, has been adjudged the Municipal best farmer.
She received a deep freeze, mist blower, knapsack sprayer, sewing machine, wax print, wheel barrow, ten bags of fertilizer, two plastic chairs, six machetes, four Wellington boots, two shovels, T shirt, rosette badge, box of mineral water and a certificate.
Fifteen other farmers were honoured for contributing to food security and poverty reduction in the municipality at this year’s farmers day celebration held at Simpa.
Madam Elizabeth Awo-Wugah, 65, from Esuoso won the first runner up municipal best farmer.
Madam Awu-Wugah had a 32-inch plasma television set, orthopedic mattress, knapsack sprayer, sewing machine, wax print, two plastic chairs, two machetes, two Wellington boots, T shirt, rosette badge, box of mineral water and a ghetto blaster as her prize.
The second runner-up municipal best farmer went to, Madam Hannah Wilson, 40 year-old from Tamso and she was given four bags of fertilizers, radio, two machetes, two Wellington boots, wax print, knapsack sprayer, wheel barrow, two plastic chairs, T shirt, rossette badge, box of mineral water.
The best crops farmer went to Mr. Rockson Adu from Wassa Agona, best livestock farmer was received by, Reverend Joseph Asameni of Anonakokrom while Alhaji Amodu Sofo from Wassa Agona won the best physically challenged farmer.
Best fish farmer went to Nana Kuranchie III, from Essamang, Victor Gidi, best agricultural extension agent, from Essamang operational area and Mr. Victor Essilfie from Tarkwa won the best poultry farmer.
Mr. Isaac Dampare of Bonsa won best piggery farmer, Mr. Paul Sagoe, best maize farmer from Bonsawire, best vegetable farmer, Mr. Gabriel Yeboah of Abompuniso.
The best cocoa farmer was received by, Mr. Sabo Nyiiko of Boamah, while Mr. Thomas Avorvuvu of Esuoso won the best rice farmer and the best youth farmer went to Mr. Samuel Kwami Dodzi of Nsueam- Asuogye.
They were presented with bicycles, radio, roofing sheets, wheat bran, machetes, Wellington boots, plastic chairs, wax prints, knapsack sprayer, wheel barrow, rice cookers, shovels, gas cylinder, disinfectants, T shirts, Rossette badges, boxes of water, fertilizer and certificates of honour.
The theme for this year’s celebration was ” Farming for food and job”.
Addressing participants at the ceremony, Mr. Gilbert Kennedy Asmah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said government recognized agriculture as the main anchor of the country’s economy, was sad that it was witnessing decline over the years.
He said the sector needed modernization to improve productivity, achieve and sustain food security, profitability for their farmers and create jobs through value addition linkage.
The MCE said government launched “the planting for food and job” to encourage all citizens to take farming as full or part time activity adding that 822 agricultural extension officers were recruited while 1,070 youth were also registered and were providing extension services to farmers.
He said currently two million bags of fertilizers, 80,000 bags of cereals and legumes seeds, 36,000 sachets of vegetable seeds were distributed and 34,000 persons were registered nationwide.
In the Tarkwa Nsueam Municipality, the MCE said 3,909 bags of fertilizer, 180 bags of cereals and 163 sachets of vegetable seeds were received.
He explained that 1,095 farmers were registered and about 700 farmers accessed different facilities under the programme.
To create market access, the MCE explained that the programme had registered suppliers to distribute farm produce to public institutions including the Ghana School Feeding Programme, the Ministry of Defence and the Ghana Police Service to ensure availability of quality food in a timely manner.
The Municipal Director of Food and Agricultural, Mr. Joseph Nii Tettey Otu, expressed gratitude to the farmers for their hard work and selfless service to the nation.
He congratulated the award winners especially the women for playing vital roles in the development of agriculture in the municipality