39TH NATIONAL FARMER’S DAY CELEBRATION THEME: DELIVERING SMART SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE FOOD SECURITYAND RESCILIENCE

The Department of Agriculture under the Birim North District Assembly held its 39th District Level Farmers Day celebration on the 1st of December 2023 at Tweapease School Park.
The Programme was attended by the District Chief Executive Hon. Remond Nana Damptey, the District Coordinating Director Mr .Albert Mensah, the District Director of Agriculture Mr. Ivan Akutteh, Heads of various government Institutions, Departments and Agencies, Traditional Heads, farmers from various communities in the District and the general public.

The Director of Agriculture in his address welcomed all to this year’s celebration. He particularly thanked and appreciated our hard working Farmers for their tireless efforts to making sure we have enough to eat. He further congratulated the awardees and ‘stated of a truth’ that all the farmers deserved awards but it wasn’t possible to award all.
There were messages from collaborators like Newmont Ghana, Cocoa Research Institute Ghana CRIG-Afosu, Pankese Cocoa Station and OFA Fertilizer.

The DCE in his keynote address commended the farmers for their hard work and the roles they play to ensure we get fresh foodstuff straight from the farms for our daily meals.
Focusing on the theme for the programme, “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience”, the Hon. DCE stated that the demand for food has been growing rapidly and will continue, due to population growth in the country. However, with adequate natural and agricultural resources and large workforce at our disposal, Ghana can feed its own population. He further stated that, in order to achieve the theme of the celebration, we need to transform our society through avenues like;
– Empowering women with resources and innovative trainings to engage more in farming
– Youth in Agriculture should employ the use of modern machinery and Technology rather than the traditional cutlass and hoes,
and also create off-taker schemes so there is ready market after production to ensure income flows.
– Bringing everyone on board by encouraging backyard gardening which could help during major national or global shocks like Covid-19 which came with restrictions.
– Provision of resources to farmers from Agricultural extension services research information and funds to buy seedlings, fertilizers and agro chemicals. These he said ‘can alleviate people from poverty’ and
– Build and support smart agricultural partnerships.
He concluded by thanking and congratulating all farmers in the District for their untiring efforts to ensuring there is abundant of food in the District.
To the awardees, he said ‘Ayekoo..Mmo ne adwumapa’. He also acknowledged and thanked the sponsors for their contributions and wished them success in their business endeavour.

The programme progressed with musical interludes and inspection of farm produce displayed by the farmers. The traditional leaders together with the political and administrative heads of various institutions went round to inspect the exhibits ranging from crops to live stocks, i.e. Palm fruits, plantains, tubers of cassava and yam, cocoyam, corn, poultry, pig, snails, etc.

The programme almost coming to a close but seemingly the most awaited section came with so much enthusiasm from the farmers. Their efforts are being awarded and this would motivate them to do more in the coming years and seasons of farming.
The director of agriculture Mr Ivan Akutteh outlined the selection processes used in arriving at the seventeen 17 categories of awards given this year.
Interestingly it was discovered that not only did female farmers take more awards than male farmers in this year’s celebration but the overall best farmer award of the year was also taken by a female, Mrs Evelyn Obeng of Ntronang community

The programme came to a joyous close after the handing over of the nod by the previous year’s best farmer to the Current. The overall best farmer 2023, for Birim North District amidst joy thanked the whole gathering especially the awards committee and agric extension officers for appreciating her efforts. She encouraged more youth and women to thrive in farming.

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