PLANTING FOR FOOD AND JOBS: CONSOLIDATING FOOD SYSTEMS IN GHANA (37th Farmers’ Day)
The District Chief Executive for Twifo/Ati-Morkwa, Hon. Robert Agyemang-Nyantakyi has indicated that, the District in the next fiscal year will establish a District Mechanization Center and it’s expected to improve access to mechanized Agricultural Services in the District.
He made this delivery when he was giving his keynote address at the 37th Farmers’ and Fishers Day Celebration held at Twifo Eduabeng on 26th November, 2021 under the theme ‘Planting for food and jobs: Consolidating food systems in Ghana’.
He noted that, since the introduction of the Planting for Food and Jobs policy in 2017, the Twifo/Ati-Morkwa District has through the Department of Agriculture increased the supply of seeds to farmers at a subsidized price, supplied fertilizers at subsidized prices, provided free and improved extension services to farmers and provided marketing opportunities for produce after harvest.
Breaking it down, he indicated that a total of Two Thousand, Three Hundred and Eighty-Seven (2,387) bags of NPK and One Thousand One Hundred (1, 100) bags of urea fertilizers have been distributed to farmers across the district. A total of fifteen thousand and seventeen kilograms of OPV quality maize seeds have been supplied.
In conclusion, he said that a firm foundation has been laid to further consolidate our food system in Ghana and that we must all work together assiduously to strengthen the various food chains by training and developing the capabilities of the various actors in the food chain.
The Chairman for the occasion, Hon. Obrempong Appiah Nuamah II in his acceptance speech entreated the committee in charge of agriculture at the District Assembly to support the youth in agriculture and also educate students in the Senior High School level on the importance and benefits of agriculture so that they can also venture into it.
Mr. Wilberforce Aidoo was crowned the overall best farmer. He received a tricycle and some Agricultural inputs.