A 55year old farmer, from the Jormoro District in the Western Region, has been adjudged the 2020 National Best Farmer at the 36th National Farmers Day ceremony held at Techiman in the Eastern Region.
Mr. Solomon Kojo Kusi, a multi-crop, animal, and plantation farmer for 10year was awarded a total of 570,000 cash as his prize package.
The money is an equivalent of a two-bedroom house and sponsored by the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), a leading universal bank in the country with a focus on Agric and more.
Ghana did not Experience food shortage during Covid-9 because of our gallant farmers
Speaking at the ceremony in honour of the country’s gallant farmers, the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo said this year’s anniversary was very significant, especially, with the contribution of the farmers, which have to ensure that the country did not experience any food shortages in the wake of the ravage global pandemic.
According to him, the advent of the 5 modules government planting for food and jobs programs namely food crops, tree, livestock, horticulture and mechanization modules have contributed to the development of the sector, Ghanaians were witnessing today adding the country has successfully done away with the importation of tomatoes and plantains due to the programme.
“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, he said.
“Today, our nation has banished the disgraceful specter of importing tomatoes and plantain from Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire respectively. We are now a net exporter of food and our youth are venturing into full-time agriculture,” Nana Addo said.
Agriculture holds the keys to “Ghana Beyond Aid”
He noted that agriculture holds one of the best opportunities for the growth of the country and called on all, especially, the youth to venture into the sector to propel the country’s development.
“I am of the firm conviction that agriculture offers one of the best opportunities to accelerate the growth of Mother Ghana and move us to a situation Beyond Aid. A lot more, however, remains to be done to realize this vision. Now more than ever is the time to believe in ourselves and to liberate the energies, especially, the youth, and put our shoulders to the wheel to propel Ghana’s economy”.