Mr. Salia Issah, a native of Loggu Community has been crowned the Wa East District Best Farmer for 2017 on the occasion of the 33rd Farmer’s Day Celebration and awards ceremony.
He was presented with a motorbike, one knapsack spraying machine, pair of wellington boots, three pieces of cutlasses and two bars of key soap as his prize for winning the enviable position in the district.
Madam Zakia Dori, a native of Bulenga Community in the district emerged the First Runner Up and also took home a motorbike, one knapsack spraying machine, a pair of wellington boots, three pieces of cutlasses and half piece of textile cloth as her prize.
Mr. Paabou Basuglo, second runner-up also took home the prize of a double door fridge, a knapsack sprayer, a pair of wellington boots, two bars of key soap and a half piece of textile cloth.
Mr. Issah in his message of appreciation thanked government and the Wa East District Assembly for organising the event and said the award would serve as a motivator for him to continue to work hard to produce more to contribute to food security in the country and the country at large.
Mr. Jotie Moses, Wa East District Chief Executive (DCE) congratulated all farmers in the district, adding that their sacrifices over the years and the District would continue to support them.
He thanked farmers in the district for embracing government’s flagship programme “Planting for Food and Jobs”, saying it was worth stating that under the programme, a total of 4,847.60 hectares were cultivated with a total number of 3,997 beneficiary farmers.
This he said comprised 86 per cent males and 14 per cent females in respect of the 2017 farming season, adding that no agricultural policy would succeed without the support and cooperation of farmers.
The DCE noted that the agricultural sector in the district continued to employ about 88.8 per cent of work force, stating however that majority of the activities were seasonal in nature and could not sustain households for the entire year.
Mr. Jotie said it was based on the need to create sustainable jobs anchored on farming that he deemed the theme for the 33rd National Farmers Day and Awards Ceremony “Farming for Food and Jobs” apt.
He said the theme would serve as the vehicle that would enable Ghana to achieve United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Two, which enjoined Member States to “End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Mr. Jotie enumerated challenges confronting farmers in the district including; lack of access to credit facilities, non availability of warehouses, lack of access to ready market and poor road network and assured that the government’s pro-poor agriculture interventions would address those challenges.