Solomon Kojo Kusi named 2020 National Best Farmer

Mr Solomon Kojo Kusi, a 55-year-old farmer from the Jomoro District of the Western Region, has been named the national best farmer for the year 2020 at the National Farmers’ Day.

He  received a GHS570,000 cash prize an equivalent of a two-bedroom house at the event was held at Techiman in the Bono East Region.

Nana Kofi Drobo IV of Wenchi in the Bono Region emerged the first runner-up.

The second-runner up was Mahmoud Mohammed Awal from Zabzugu in the Northern Region.

During the event, president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo noted that his administration has made a number of investment to grow the agric sector.

He revealed that he inherited a very weak sector of the economy that was doing between  0.9 percent in 2014  and 2.9 percent in 2016.

These statistics, he said, fell short of the targets for member states of the African Union (AU).

“In the immediate years before my assumption of office the performance of the agriculture sector was nothing short of abysmal, evidenced by the growth rates of 0.9% in 2014 and 2.9% in 2016, well below the African Union target of 6 per cent for Members states.

“In order to remedy the situation, the Akufo-Addo government took the firms decision to embark on a well-thought through programme for the modernization and transformation of Ghana’s agriculture.

“This include increasing productivity on smallholding farms; enhancing food security; diversifying agricultural export earnings; promoting agro-industrialization and import substitution; and creating jobs for the youth.

“The programme for Planting for Food and Jobs has since evolved, over the years, to reflect the comprehensive nature of Government’s strategy to improve agriculture with introduction of five modules i.e food crops, planting for export and rural development, rearing for foods and jobs, Greenhouse villages and farm mechanization and Agro-processing.”

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By Laud Nartey|3news.com|Ghana