The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has extended its felicitation to farmers in Ghana on the occasion of the 33rd National Famers’ Day celebration.
“We join Ghanaians home and abroad on this auspicious occasion to acknowledge your invaluable contributions towards the growth of the nation’s economy,” it said.
An official statement signed by Mr Johnson Asiedu-Nketia, the General Secretary, and copied the Ghana News Agency, said the day was instituted under the leadership of former President Jerry John Rawlings more than 30 years ago to reward Ghanaian farmers not only for saving the nation from extreme famine and hunger caused by bushfires, but also to motivate and encourage farmers to make farming very attractive.
“The famine coincided with the return of over a million Ghanaians deported from Nigeria,” it said.
“This culminated in the establishment of the National Mobilization Programme (NMP), chaired by Commodore Steve Obimpeh, with Dr. Sir KofiPortuphy as Operations Director, to mobilise Ghanaians into farming to combat hunger.
“Ghana then moved from extreme hunger to food sustainability and security. The first celebration of the day was held at Osino, in the Eastern Region, during which deserving farmers were given spraying machines, wellington boots, cutlasses and other farming implements as awards,” it added.
The statement said:”The NDC notes that your selfless devotion and commitment to sustaining food production has become the key solution to hunger and food security, even in the face of challenges associated with your choice of trade.
“We wish to reiterate that your contribution to the GDP is an asset that continues to sustain the performance of the country’s economy in a very satisfactory manner.
“We also reiterate with commendation and reverence that your immeasurable contributions have helped push forward the country’s development agenda including meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) One, that has seen poverty halved.
“The NDC will not relent on its promise of motivating and providing the necessary support for famers especially, by ensuring that the country’s socio-economic and political environment is always conducive for agricultural production and development.”
That, the statement said, would enable farmers to meet their expectation of increasing their yield towards food security and sustainability.
“As the nation observe this day, the NDC urges the Government not only to fulfil its responsibility to farmers but, also take the necessary steps to resolve all problems associated with farming in this country, especially, conduct investigation into recent reports of diversion of inputs.
“Similarly, government should intensify efforts in finding solution to the armyworm invasion of farm produce and, endeavour to reward all categories of farmers in the country, since any policy that has the tendency to consciously or unconsciously ignore the efforts of deserving farmers would dampen the spirit of hardworking farmers.”