An appeal has been made to government and private organisations to set up a fund to support physically challenged farmers as a way of getting the Best Farmer in the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly (ASHMA).
Ms. Lydia Abayateye made the appeal in an interview with the Ghanaian Times at her farm along the Tema Motorway where she reiterated that “disability is not inability”.
The physically challenged, according to the 72-year old maize, okro and small ruminant farmer, had a lot to bring on board both physically and intellectually but were compelled to go into other professions due to the enormous obstacles in the society.
She cited the refusal of people to engage the physically challenged because they did not believe they could be productive, as the main issue that confronted them.
Ms. Abayate said just like her, who had been farming for over 20 years, there were other physically challenged persons willing to give of their best but needed a little push by way of capital, land, labour or training.
She was optimistic that if those were done, it would attract more of her colleagues into the business and for those already engaged in it, to expand their businesses and also employ more people including non disabled persons just as she was currently doing to reduce unemployment as well as feed the nation.
She promised to work hard to enhance her chances of winning another award in the upcoming Farmers’ Day celebration.
From Dzifa Tetteh, Ashaiman.