Sixteen Farmers and Fishers on Friday received awards in the Yendi as part of the 2019 National Best Farmers award.

The overall Municipal best farmer went to Alhassan Alhassan of Zakoli, and he took home Motor tricycle (Motor King), Knapsack, sprayer, one pair of wellington boot, two cutlasses, five pick sacks, the Municipal First Runner-p went to Fuseini Nassam of Kpatuya, who took home double decker fridge, knapsacks sprayer, wellington boots, two cutlasses and four pick sacks.

The Municipal physically challenged Best Farmer in cereals and legumes went to Alhassan Nuhu of Sunsong, who took home a bicycle and knapsack sprayer, while the Municipal best Fisher went to Napari Tijabapo of Kulkpinduli, who took home a bicycle, fishing net, hook and line, pair of wellington boots and a cutlass.

The Municipal Best crop farmer in root and tuber went to Jibreel Iddirisu of Nakpachei, who took home a bicycle Knapsack, pair of wellington boot, cutlass and two pick sacks.

The rest were; Municipal Best Women Agric Officer went to Madam Naomy Zaato of Malzeri, who took home 32-inch flat screen TV, Knapsack Sprayer, Pair of wellington boot, among others.

The 35th Edition of the National Farmers Day Celebration was attended by chiefs, farmers, Heads of Department, women Groups youth, political party representatives, security Agents, among others.

In his address Alhaji Hammed Abubakari Yussif, the Yendi Municipal Chief Executive said the Government identified the essential role agriculture in the Socio-economic development of the country and therefore put in place projects and programmes as Planting Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food and Jobs, JICA Rain Fed Rice Technology Export and Rural Development (PERD) among others to better the lot of the farm families, rural communities and the Municipality as a whole.

He said Government was concerned about the negative effects of the climate change on the agriculture productivity and cautioned them against indiscriminate deforestation and bush burning.

In a welcome address read on his behalf the over lord of Dagbon Ya-Na Mahama Abukari II thanked God for protecting the farmers, Fishers throughout the season and making some of them to receive best awards.

He commended the farmers and the fishers for their hard work in producing large quality of foodstuff and fish.

Madam Musah Abibah, the Municipal Director of Agriculture said in pursuance of the food and human security needs of the Municipality in 2019, the department of Agric in the Municipality in the course of the year undertook several agriculture activities in collaboration with NGOS and other Development Partners.

She announced that one other problem that was taking a toll on human lives was inappropriate handling and use of agro-chemicals.

She said many agro-chemical dealers especially vendors/retailers in the local markets were either ignorant or had inadequate knowledge about their safe handling.

She said the Department will identify and train all untrained agents of agro-input dealers in safe handling and application of agro-chemicals

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