The colourful awards ceremony for the farmers in Abuakwa North Municipality was held in Anweabeng in the Eastern Region of Ghana on the 3rd December, 2021.
The event which was chaired by Osabarima Adusei Peasah IV, Akyem Tafohene, welcomed Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North Constituency also the deputy minister of education in charge of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Hon Umar Babs Bodinga (Alhaji), Abuakwa North Municipal Chief Executive, Mrs Ruth Woode, Municipal Coordinating Director, Departmental Heads, DSP Isaac Ampofo, New Tafo-Akim District Police Commander and men, scores of farmers in Abuakwa North, the general public and the press.
Osabarima Adusei Peasah IV, in his remarks,
congratulated all farmers in the Municipality and beyond for their contributions to national development and admonished farmers to adopt innovative measures to farm as climate change is affecting their productivity.
Honourable Gifty Twum-Ampofo on her part said, sponsoring the best female famer category since her reign is geared towards encouraging female participation in farming to change the male dominant paradigm.
She further hinted that, some group of investors have approached her requesting for a 250 acre land to start a starch manufacturing factory which is going to creat direct and indirect jobs for the people of Abuakwa North.
“Osabarima, some investors came to my office yesterday in Accra with the aim of setting up the long awaited starch manufacturing factory. I told them I can get 150 acres of land but they said they want 250 acres. So I will come and see you later so that we expedite the process to creat employment for our people.” Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo stated.
Hon Gifty Twum-Ampofo assured the constituents of government’s commitment to development in Abuakwa North and Ghana as a whole.
Honourable Umar Babs Bodinga (Alhaji), conveyed H.E Nana Akufo-Addo, the president of Ghana’s good will message to the farmers and said government acknowledges their contributions to the economy sighting production of raw materials for local factories and exports which has boosted the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He further spoke on the theme for this year’s celebration “Planting For Food And Jobs; Consolidating Food Systems In Ghana”.
He added that, farmers are being encouraged by government to shift from peasant to mechanised farming by taking advantage of the flagship policies such as Planting For Food And Jobs, Rearing For Food And Jobs, Planting For Export And Rural Development among others to increase their productivity for socio-economic growth of the country.
The Honourable MCE mentioned that, plans are far advanced by the assembly to set up an ultramodern satellite market off the Akyem Anyinasin to Bunso highways for farmers to trade.
Honourable Umar Babs Bodinga concluded that, HIV prevalence in the Municipality is escalating hence the need for all to be careful with their sexual lives and also abide by the safety protocols to curb the COVID 19 pandemic.
Twenty-nine (29) year old Johnson Samba Kwame from Tontro won the overall best farmer and was presented with, one motorized tricycle, one piece of wax print, two knapsack sprayers, two wellington boots, five cutlasses and a certificate whilst Madam Madam Dora Bobonu was awarded best female farmer and was also presented with six feet (6ft) double deck fridge, two pieces of wax print, two knapsack sprayers, two wellington boots, five cutlasses and a certificate.
A total of sixteen farmers were awarded.