A 41- year-old Madam Vida Korang from Mantukwa in Sunyani West District of Brong-Ahafo Region on Friday won the District?s Best Farmer

The programme, held at Mantukwa as part of the 30th National Farmers? Day celebration was on the theme: ?Eat what we grow.?

Madam Korang?s achievement was not only assessed on acres of land and types of crops she had cultivated but her adherence to the advice of extension officers operating in her locality.

She was applauded for adding value to some of her farm produce through the purchasing of mango and orange processing machine to process fruit juice.

She was presented with a deep freezer refrigerator, wellington boots, a piece of cloth, cutlasses, a certificate and key bar soap.

Mr Boy Apare, 60, from Kobedi, took the second position for also cultivating large acreage of cocoa, plantain and other food crops as well as rearing livestock.

He was given a double decker fridge, a certificate and other agricultural items while Madam Ataa Fosuaa, 47, from Mantukwa had a 32-inch Toshiba Television and other items for placing third.

The District honoured a total of 25 farmers, all of whom were given deserved prizes such as bicycles, cutlasses, half pieces of cloth, wellington boots and certificates.

Madam Agnes Kusi, District Chief Executive noted that even though the ceremony was part of the 30th national farmers? day, the occasion marked the sixth time for the District since it was carved from the Sunyani Municipal Assembly in 2008.

Madam Kusi acknowledged the tremendous services farmers are rendering to the nation and advised them to follow the advice of extension officers for increased yield and higher financial returns.

She said government would continue to recognise the significance of farmers, particularly those in the cocoa industry because the crop remains the main stay of the nation?s economy.

She also advised residents in the District to participate effectively in the monthly national sanitation day exercise to ensure good sanitation practices to facilitate a clean environment.

Madam Joyce Takyi Kamevor, District Director of Agriculture said her outfit is doing all within its reach to ensure diversification of agricultural products.

She said government has reduced importation of rice into the country and announced that the District has about 5,000 hectares of land which could be used to cultivate local rice.

She however said there is no machine in the region to polish harvested rice except Kumasi.


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