La Nkwantanang-Madina celebrates farmers


Mr Alex Adjei Obedeka from Pantang on Friday received the overall Best Farmer award of the La Nkwantanang-Madina Municipal Assembly for the 2014 30th Farmers Day

Thirteen other farmers and institutions were also honoured by the Assembly.

The celebration, on the theme: ?Eat What We Grow? was the second edition of the Assembly and was hosted by J?FAMCO Limited, a multi-purpose abattoir and storage facility at Madina Estate in Accra.

For his reward Mr Obedeka received a 29-inch GOtv set, a polytank, a wheel barrow, a sprayer, cutlasses, a pair of wellington boots, shovel and a certificate.

Speaking at the function, Mr Franklin Anku, Municipal Chief Executive said Ghanaians should encourage farmers to work hard by patronising their produce.

He said it has been the avowed commitment of President John Dramani Mahama that Ghanaians should patronise made in Ghana products to support the local economy.

Mr Anku said government is doing everything possible to ensure that as people and country: ?We consume what we grow ourselves.?

He said in a bid to ensure all-year round agriculture, government would continue to support farmers with extension services, improved seeds, irrigation facilities and fertilizer subsidy.

He said as the country strives to fight hunger and poverty the youth should be empowered to go into agriculture as a full-time business and support them facilities.

Mr Anku said that would be the surest way the country could sustain agricultural development.

He appealed to farmers to pay back loans granted them so that others would have the opportunity to benefit from the facility.

He called on the financial institutions and other stakeholders to package their support services in a way that the farmers could repay with little difficulty.

Mr Anku said the private sector is a strategy for promoting economic growth and reducing poverty and that is a vibrant area that could offer employment opportunities for the youth.

?We are therefore not relenting in our efforts to ensure the growth of the private sector and it is not by chance that this year?s Farmers Day is being hosted at the premises of J?FAMCO for the public to see the kind of agro-processing factories we have for them to patronise.?

Mr Obedeka in acknowledgement said he would do more to reach the national level and advised the youth to put themselves in doing something on their own.

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