The Aowin district has rewarded sixteen farmers for their immense contribution to the growth of agriculture and promotion of food security.
Mr Alexander Ofori Amanfo, 35, from Aquia-Alla, who emerged the overall district best farmer, took home a tricycle, knapsack sprayer, Wellington boots, cutlasses and bottles of weedicides.
Madam Cecilia Nyaneah, from New Yakasi, won the first runner-up district best farmer, while the second runner-up district best farmer went to, Madam Monica Boahen from Asuoklo.
They received bottles of weedicide, Wellington boots, knapsack sprayer and T shirt.
Best livestock farmer went to Mr. Kwaku Kyenkyenku of Kwodjour and he received knapsack sprayer, cutlasses, Wellington boots and T shirt as his prize.
The best rice group won by the Sulleykrom rice farmers association received a net for preserving rice on the field, cutlasses and T shirts.
Mr. Francis Tandoh, of Nkyensedanho, was adjudged the best cocoa farmer and took home bags of NPK fertilizer, Wellington boots, T shirt and bottles of weedicide.
The best fish farmer, Mr. Samuel Afi, of Enchi took home knapsack sprayer, bottles of weedicide, T shirt and Wellington boots.
All award winners were presented with certificates in addition to their prizes.
Speaking at the function, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr. Samuel Adu-Gyamfi said the theme for this year’s celebration ”
Farming for food and jobs” was appropriate considering the growing unemployment presently facing the nation as well as the chunk of their major food requirements were imported.
He encouraged Ghanaians to embrace farming not only to produce food for the substance of their individual families but take it up as full time business.
Mr Adu-Gyamfi entreated the youth not to consider farming and agriculture as a last resort, but rather as any other business endeavour .
The DCE was hopeful that the celebration of the farmers’ day annually would continue to motivate the farmers to work harder and inspire many people particularly the youth into farming.
The Member of Parliament for Aowin Constituency, Mr. Mathias Kwame Ntow, commended the present and past governments for instituting and sustaining the farmers day programme .
He said although the government had banned illegal mining, the Ankobra, Tano and Pra Rivers were still heavily polluted.
Mr. Ntow appealed to security agencies, traditional authorities and assembly members to assist the government to end illegal mining on land and water bodies to ensure that the environment was maintained in its natural state.
In a speech read on behalf of the District Director of Agricultural, Mr. Charles Ray Ekpale congratulated the award winners for the support saying without them the nation cannot develop.