Kadjebi District Assembly in the Oti Region has awarded Mr Richard Agaga, a 31-year old farmer from Dodo-Bethel as the Best Physically Challenged Farmer for 2021 out of 19 farmers and special award winners in the District.
Mr Richard Agaga, who cultivates okra, green leaves, pepper, cassava, garden egg, cocoa, and maize was awarded a spraying machine, cloth, cutlass, wellington boots, radio set, and bars key soap.
Mr Besa Akaplu, the Kadjebi District Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), appealed to the youth to emulate Mr Agaga and engage in farming as there was much to achieve in farming.
Mr Akpalu, speaking at the 37th National Farmers’ Day celebration at Dappa in the Kadjebi District of the Oti Region, said Kadjebi had a comparative advantage in Ginger and Cocoa production, but a high yielding variety of Ginger and Oil Palm was needed to attract the international market.
He advised farmers to adopt new technology for high yields and productivity.
The MOFA Director said they needed to abide by environmental awareness and adopt good farming practices to avert climate change challenges.
Mr Wilson Agbanyo, the Kadjebi District Chief Executive (DCE), congratulated gallant farmers, fisherfolks, and all stakeholders within the agriculture sector for their immense contribution towards food security in the country.
Speaking under the theme: “Planting for Food and Jobs-Consolidating food system in Ghana”, he said agriculture is the dominant sector that employed the majority of people and that the government’s flagship programme “ Planting for Food and Job” was working hard to ensure the country becomes self-sufficient in food production.
He said Kadjebi District has witnessed an increase in rice production from 3.2 tons per hectare in 2017 to 5.5 tons per hectare in 2020 as a result of the Planting for Food and Jobs initiative by the government.
The DCE said the government is also putting measures in place to support farmers obtain high yields as the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) has started and encouraged the teeming youth to consider farming as a business.
Mr Richard Agaga, in response, thanked the MOFA for the recognition.
He appealed to the teeming youth to engage in farming with passion and vision since it pays.
He also appealed to the government and benevolent organisations to supply him with a pumping machine to enable him to engage in all-year-round food production.
Mr Mathias Fato from Dapaa was declared the overall 2021 Best District Farmer for Kadjebi.