“It is thanks to agriculture that our ancestors made us what we are today”

The District Director General (DCE) of Bole District in the Savannah Region, Ms. Veronica Alele Heming, said it was refreshing to recognize farmers and fishermen for the huge role they play in socio development. -economic of the country.

She said; “Ghanaians owe a huge debt of gratitude to our farmers who produce food to feed us and also produce most of the raw materials for export such as cashews, shea butter, cocoa, etc. to earn foreign exchange and challenged young people to get into farming, adding that it is through farming that our ancestors made us who we are today.

Madame Alele added that Bole District has rolled out the government’s flagship programs of Planting for Food and Employment, Planting for Export and Rural Development, Animal Husbandry for Food and Employment, among others. . She said more than hundreds of people in the district have benefited from these policies. She is committed to supporting and collaborating with all stakeholders in Bole District.

The Bole DCE made the comments on December 3, 2021 during the 37th edition of the Ghana National Farmers Day celebration of Bole District in the Savannah region held in Tinga under the theme ‘Planting for food and employment; consolidating food systems in Ghana ”.

The Farmers Day which was instituted by the Government of Ghana thirty-seven (37) ago aims to appreciate and motivate hardworking farmers and fishermen across the country.

This year’s ceremony in Tinga in Bole District brought together farmers, fishermen, agribusiness workers and other stakeholders in the agricultural industry.

Speaking to Bole-based nkilgi FM, the chairman for the occasion, head of Tinga, Tingawura Alhaji Seidu Sampson Abudu, former DCE for Bole in the administration of Professor Atta Mills, said: Tinga is a fast growing community whose main economic activities are agriculture, small-scale mining, agro-industries among others. Gariba Tingawura added that there is relative peace in Tinga and therefore the choice of Tinga for this year’s ceremony was not out of place. He thanked the organizers, all stakeholders and the winners. Gariba Tingawura took advantage of the appeal to the Bole District Assembly and other voluntary organizations to help Tinga with a slaughterhouse, bins and large containers for refuge.

Bole District Director of Agriculture Alhaji Ibrahim Mumuni thanked all stakeholders who supported the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) in celebrating this year’s Farmers Day . Alhaji Ibrahim Mumuni said that efficient agricultural productivity will result in abundant food, improved health and increased domestic and foreign exchange earnings.

He said Bole district has benefited from the Savannah Investment Program (SIP), a total number of 661 sheep has been distributed to 25 breeders consisting of 16 males and 9 females across the district.

The Bole District Director of Agriculture also said that to reduce animal mortality and morbidity, Bole District veterinary staff vaccinated 34,000 cattle, 2,000 sheep and goats, and 25,111 poultry, respectively. CBPP, PPR, Newcastle, Gumboro and fowl pox. He added that ante-more and post-mortem examinations were carried out on cattle, sheep, goats and pigs to ensure that apparently healthy and healthy carcasses were made available to the public.

Alhaji Ibrahim suggested that in collaboration with the Productive Safety Net Project, a total number of 152 goats have been distributed to 70 beneficiaries consisting of one male and 69 females across the district.

He said that although agriculture in the district has great potential and comparative advantages, its development is hampered by the destruction of farms by foreign herds, the scarcity or high cost of agricultural labor. , lack of subsidized fertilizers for farmers, inadequate credit facilities for farmers, high cost of inputs or agricultural machinery, indiscriminate bush burning, inadequate staff and housing.

He congratulated the hardworking farmers, the winners and encouraged the young people to get into farming.

In total, sixteen (16) farmers of the best category were awarded during the ceremony.

Mr. Umar Soaley Moses from Maluwe was elected best farmer in Bole district. For his price, he took home a tricycle, a radio cassette player, a pair of Wellington boots, cutlasses, a knapsack sprayer, a piece of wax, pieces of mosquito net and a certificate. Sigartey Peter Manu from Tinga was the 1st finalist and Nana Fatawu from Jugboi won the 2nd finalist.

The award for the best female farmer went to Ms. Kuunafaa Regina from Doli while Mr. Nibieri Chuosity won the award for the best disabled farmer in the district with the award for the best young farmer in the district to Ms. Lewaa Christopher from Tinga.

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