The Asante-Akim South Municipality has rewarded 24 farmers with prizes for hard work and singular contribution to the development of agriculture in the area.
This was at 33rd annual farmers’ day celebration held at Bompata under the theme “Planting for food and jobs”.
Thirty-nine (39) year George Boateng, adjudged the overall best farmer for the year, was presented with a tricycle, knapsack sprayer, wellington boots, cutlasses, wax print, agro-chemicals, radio set and a certificate.
He has cultivated 27 acres of cocoa, 47 acres of oil palm, 10 acres each of plantain, maize and cocoyam, five acres of cassava, two acres each of coconut and pineapple and an acre each of tomatoes, okro and garden eggs.
Mr. Alexander Frimpong, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), spoke of plans by the government to ensure all-year round cropping.
The goal, he said, was to increase production, boost food security and create job opportunities for the youth.
He announced that provision had been made by the municipal assembly in its 2018 budget for additional subsidies on inputs supplied to farmers under the ‘planting for food and jobs programme’.
The move, he said, was to enable more farmers to register for the programme to raise food production.
Dr. David Anambam, the Municipal Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), saluted the farmers for their hard-work and sacrifices that had kept the economy going.
He encouraged them to adopt best practices and to heed expert advice by extension officers for higher crop yields.
He reminded those who received inputs under the planting for food and jobs to pay back any outstanding money in order to sustain the programme.