Mr. Andrews Amankwaah, a 62-year-old mixed farmer, was named the best farmer of 2021 for Kumasi at the 37th National Farmers Day celebration, held in Sokoban.
The winner, who has been engaged in agriculture for over 40 years, received as a prize a tricycle, wax print, latex foam mattress, backpack sprayer, 10 cutlasses, certificate and five boxes of soap with keys.
It is a question of supporting it in its agricultural enterprises.
The other winners were Mr. Kwame Anane, best extension agent, Opana Farms, best poultry farmer, Mr. Ibrahim Illiasu, best physically challenged farmer, Mr. Kweku Ofosu, best rice farmer, Ivan Boat Enterprise, best agro-input dealer, and the Plantain Sellers Association, Best Marketing Group.
Mr. Samuel Pyne, Mayor of Kumasi, congratulated the winners for their meritorious contribution to strengthening food security in the country.
He ensured that the government was determined to ensure that Ghanaians get the most out of the agricultural sector and the entire food system.
This is why the authorities have undertaken several programs to engender the nation’s vision, he said, citing the fertilizer subsidy program, Planter for Food and Jobs, District, Warehouse, as well. as the Plant for Export and Rural Development initiatives.
The mayor suggested that a total of 1,869 farmers had benefited from various trainings undertaken by the metropolitan agricultural department to build their capacity in efficient farming practices.
These include the introduction and promotion of new technologies through field demonstrations and seminars.
Regarding assistance to farmers, Mr. Pyne said a total of 523 farmers were helped to access around 10 tons of corn seeds, 250 tons of various fertilizer formulations and 170 tons of urea.
Mr. Stephen Amoah, MP for Nhyiaeso, advised farmers to adopt mechanized agriculture to improve their yield.
Mr. Amoh Korang, metropolitan director of agriculture, urged farmers to put into practice what they had learned during training programs offered by extension officers of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to improve their work.
This year’s ceremony was under the theme: “Planting for Food and Jobs – Strengthening Food Systems in Ghana”.