Nineteen farmers were awarded in the Akrofuom District during the 37th National Farmer’s Day celebrations at Grumesa.
Majority of the awardees were youth in the District who are into large scale commercial farming.
The District Chief Executive, Jonas Maurice Woode, in his keynote address, mentioned that the Assembly has set its sight on getting more of the youth involved in agriculture.
To achieve this, he said, the Assembly will nurse 10, 000 coconut seedlings of which each farmer will get 69 seedlings, which is equivalent to a one-acre farmland.
“This will help the district derive raw materials in case the government is to establish 1D1F in our district as the husk of coconut can be used to produce charcoal which is good for mining activities.”
He added that the participation of the Youth in Agribusiness will boost Agriculture reminiscent of ‘Operation Feed Yourself’ introduced by the Acheampong government in the 1970s which saw increased in yield.
Touching on the theme for this year’s National Farmer’s Day celebrations ‘Planting for Food and Jobs – Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana’, the DCE said it is a call on well-meaning Ghanaians to come together to consolidate the gains the country has made in agriculture so that events of 1983 when severe drought and famine hit the country, will not be revisited.
Member of Parliament for Akrofuom Alex Blankson urged the youth interested in farming to mobilize themselves in order for him to resource them to make the agribusiness lucrative.
Again as a way of empowering the youth in order to reduce rural- urban migration, he will organize skills training and also enroll 100 youth into apprenticeship and set them up after their training.
Talking about security, he said the district is working tirelessly to get a district police command to help strengthen security in the district.
Mr Blankson donated 400 piecss of roofing sheet to help complete the community center of the host town Grumesa.
Forty-four-year-old Richard Kodie was crowned Overall Best Farmer of the Akrofuom District.
He took home a motorized tricycle commonly known as Aboboyaa, 32-inch LED TV, GTP wax print(full), Wellington and other mouthwatering prizes.
He expressed his gratitude to the MOFA officers for their guidance and directions.
Mr. Kodie urged the youth to develop interest in farming to help make life easier for them.