Moro Nuhu adjudged best farmer in Ledzokuku

Mr Nuhu (right) receiving his award from Mrs Evelyn Twum-Gyamrah.

Mr Nuhu (right) receiving his award from Mrs Evelyn Twum-Gyamrah.

A 24-year-old man was last Friday adjudged the overall best farmer in the Ledzokuku Municipality, in the Greater Accra Region.

 

Mr Moro Nuhu, an indigene of Bawku in the Upper East Region, received a certificate, a double-door refrigerator, a Rambo Polytank, a bicycle, a pair of Wellington boots, cutlasses, a radio set among other items as his prize.

 

In all, 13 farmers and fishers were awarded in this year’s 34th Farmers’ Day celebration, which was jointly organised by the Ledzokuku and Krowor Municipal Assemblies, for their commitment to hard work in the agricultural sector, which is the backbone of Ghana’s economy.

 

Mr Nuhu is into onion, cucumber, carrots, pepper and other crops production on appreciable scale.

 

Addressing the gathering, Mrs Evelyn Naa Adjeley Twum-Gyamrah, Chief Executive (MCE) of Ledzokuku Municipality, was elated that the youth had now embraced farming instead of looking for a white-collar job as existed in the past.

 

“I am extremely glad to see the youth now participating actively in agriculture and would like to take the opportunity in this all important programme to congratulate all fishers and farmers in Ledzokuku and Krowor especially the award winners for the hard work they do to feed us,” she said.

 

According to the MCE, 151 farmers including 20 females registered to participate in the Planting for Food and Jobs in 2018, as against 112 farmers, including 12 women in 2017.

 

She said that the assemblies in these communities were poised to go all out and support those who were ever prepared and ready to fully embrace and contribute massively towards the sustainability of the Government’s flagship programme, planting for and jobs.

 

Mrs Twum-Gyamrah hinted that the assembly would as of next year, roll out “rearing for food and jobs” programme, targeted at the livestock sector, which would include poultry, sheep, goats and cattle which she said would go a long way to improve the livelihood of livestock farmers.

 

She was, however, worried of the fall army worm infestation which nearly destroyed about 23 hectares of land under crop cultivation but said that the timely intervention of Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) salvaged the situation.

 

“I will like to assure all farmers that the LeKMA Department of Agriculture has enough chemicals in stock so they should not hesitate to call on the extension officers for help; the same goes to the backyard gardeners whose homes are fenced,” she advised.

 

Welcoming the award winners and other participants, Pastor Felix Nii Ayi Hammond, Municipal Director of Agriculture of Ledzokuku Municipality said “you do not need to own many canoes or have a large stretch of land to win a prize.  What you need to do is to rather manage the little that you have very well even if it is a backyard garden or veranda garden.”

By Castro Zangina-Tong                                   

 

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