Mrs Anna Naa Adukwei Addo, Tema West Municipal Chief Executive on Friday commended farmers for their hard work, resilience, and commitment which has resulted in significant economic gains to the country.
Speaking at the Municipal observation of the National Farmers Day at the Holy Child International School in Sakumono, the Tema West MCE expressed gratitude for the achievement of the farmers.
She said farmers continue to serve as the backbone of their Ghanaian economy notwithstanding the constraints that affect the agricultural factor.
Mrs Addo emphasized that Farmers Day reflects the importance of agriculture in Ghana by honouring farmers for their efforts in feeding the nation and recognize the vital contributions of strong agriculture.
The Tema West MCE encouraged all farmers in the municipality to register within the department of agriculture to ensure that they are captured on the database.
She also urged the farmers to form Farmer Base Organization (FBOs) to be able to access specific services and technical support from the government and other donors.
The Municipal Chief Executive encouraged farmers to be more innovative and adopt modern technologies to make farming a more lucrative and profit-oriented business.
She noted that the fall armyworm was kept under control through the free distribution of pesticides by Government to farmers; a total of 197 farmers in the municipality consisting of 178 males and 19 females benefited from the distribution of pesticide namely Nova BT, Super warrior, Bybel, and Viper.
The MCE said the Tema West Municipal Assembly through the Department of Agriculture organised five different demonstrations on Yogurt preparation, Tomato processing, Pizza making, and Bissap preparation in various communities.
It was to equip members of the community especially the unemployed youth with the requisite skills to generate income. In all, a total of 193 people made of 174 females and 19 males benefited, she added.