Regions, districts honour farmers, fisherfolks

The National Farmers Day was celebrated in the regional capitals and the districts with the presentation of award both cash and materials to winners who have push forward the frontiers of farming to ensure food sufficiency in the country.

 CLAUDE NYARKO ADAMS reports from Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region that 54 -year-old farmer from Songkope in the Ada West District, Emmanuel Hanson Oklu was adjudged Greater Accra Best Regional Farmer.

• Mr Solomon Nikoi (second from right) being conducted round foodstuff stands by Mrs Emilia Monney (right) during the celebration at La Photo: Victor A. Buxton

He was  presented with one tricycle, on Mist blower, one Polytank (2500 1), three Wheelbarrows, one Boom Sprayer, four Cutlasses, one Wiremesh, three bags of Fertiliser, two boxes of Organic Fertiliser, one Water hose, 10 Harvesting Crates, five Knapsack Sprayers, five Shovel/Spade, five Wellington Boots and other assorted items.

Other farmers who were awarded at the regional celebration of this year’s Farmer’s Day, held at Dodowa in the Shai Osudoku District included Desmond Koney, who won Best Crop Farmer and Mary Quarshie as the Best Fish Processor.

Dora Appiah took home Best Livestock Farmer, Oreilly Senior High School was adjudged Best Second Cycle School in Agriculture while Chief Vanderpuije won Best Home Gardener.

At the Shai Osudoku District level, Perlyn Farms was named Overall District Best Farmer while John Wayo won District Best Young Farmer.

Felix Adjokatse was Best District Physically Challenged Farmer, Comfort Quao took home Best Female Farmer;  Osiru Farms was adjudged Best Processor of the year;  Great Jehovah Farms won Best Crop Farmer; Nuhu Hamal was named Best Livestock Farmer while Best Rice Farmer went to Grace Akrofi Tackie.

The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Henry Quartey, in a speech read on his behalf, noted of the importance of Agriculture to Ghana’s economic development saying that it contributes 19.7 per cent to the current GDP and accounts for over 40 per cent of export earnings, while at the same time providing over 90 per cent of the food needs of the country.

He asked the government to continue to provide farmers with the needed support to be able to expand and create employment for the youths.

BERNARD BENGHAN reports from the Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly,                that 52 – year – old Fred Tetteh Mills received the overall best farmer award.

He took home a fridge, a polytank, a wheelbarrow, cutlass and other agricultural implements for his remarkable contributions to backyard garden and poultry farming in the Municipality.

The Best Poultry farmer went to a 43-year-old Mrs Faustina Boateng while the Best Crop Farmer and Best Fisherman went to a 50- year- old Mr Joseph Ayem Bisa and Nii Abulo Lamptey respectively.

The Best Livestock was awarded to a 40-year-old Mr Zulkanaine Abdul Raman, who is the current Chairman of the Tunga Cattle Ranch Association.

The Municipal Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly, Mr George Cyril Bray, who presented the prize said the Assembly had so far distributed 1,500 vegetables seeds and seedlings to 200 households and 5 institutions under the government planting for Food and Jobs Programme

From the Adentan Municipality, LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU reports from that a 47-year-old construction management consultant, Frank Okyere-Boateng, was adjudged the overall best farmer.

He received a Motor King, wax print, cutlasses, Wellington Boots, Agro-chemicals, a Table top fridge, Knapsack sprayer, a giant Polytank, Food processor quantities of canned food products.

Six others including the best youth farmer also received the Agro-chemicals, Table top fridges, Fish and poultry feed, water storage tanks, detergents, while the overall Best Agric worker in addition received a manual Laptop to facilitate his work.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Enterprises Agency, Mrs Anna Armo-Himson speaking at the ceremony said the country could effectively develop if we add value to the commodities produced

The Municipal Chief Executive Alexander Daniel Nii-Noi Adumuah commended the farmers for their efforts despite the sale of arable lands and urged them to come together and buy the ones being sold so as to own it.

MICHAEL D. ABAYATEYE reports that froma fish processor from the Accra Metropolitan Assemby, that Ms Charlotte Quarcoo was adjudged the 2022 Best District Farmer.

She took a double door freezer, gas cylinder, ice chest, wire mesh and other items to assist her business.

Other winners for the district were, Best Agro Processor which went to Mr Isaac Korley, Best Crop Farmer went to Abass Abdul Salam, Best Organised Group were

The Metropolitan Chief Executive Elizabeth Tawiah Sackey congratulated all winners and urged stakeholders within the agribusiness value chain to come together to help boost Ghana’s economy.

The Italian Ambassador to Ghana, Daniela d’Orlandi also commended the farmers for their hardwork, adding that their role was crucial to food sustainability and security in the country. 

A 58 –year-old Military Officer, Brigadier General, Albert K. Dawohoso, has been adjudged the overall best farmer out of seven awardees in the La Dade-Kotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA) reports VICTOR A. BUXTON.

He was given a motorbike, pair of wellington boots, full piece of cloth, knapsack sprayer and a certificate.

Ms Francisca Laryea, a 55-year-old crop farmer with 30 years experience in farming won the best woman farmer award.

She was given a chest freezer, pair of wellington boots, half piece cloth knapsack sprayer, agro-chemicals and a certificate.

Mamudu Yusif, a 29 year old exotic vegetables farmer with a child and 9 years in farming emerged as the best youth farmer during the celebration.

He took home 32 inch flat screen TV, bicycle, half piece cloth, 2 knap sprayer, agro-chemical, 3 pair of wellington boots and a certificate.

The best crop farmer went to Dominic K. Mmonkpa, while Lesley T. Okpoti took the best livestock farmer.

Mr Renate K. Kotei was adjudged the best aqua-culture farmer and Mr Francise A. Ago took the best marine farmer at the celebrations.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of LaDMA, Solomon Kotey Nikoi, said the municipality was strategically adapting to processing than actual farming activities when it comes to agriculture.

At Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA), Vivian Arthur reports that, a 55-year-old fisherman, Stephen Nartey, was adjudged the best farmer at the Farmers’ Day celebration.

He received a deep freezer, one full piece wax print, two aluminum pan, one knapsack sprayer, 12 cutlasses and two field boot.

The rest were Collins Adamptey, 22-year-old young farmer, won the best crop farmer, George Willington, 55 years, Best Livestock farmer, Joyce Badger, 63 years, Best Fish Processor, Delight Apreku, 38 years, Best Agricultural Extension Agent and CMB/Abuja market was crowned the best market within the municipality.

The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for KoKMA, Mr Samuel Nii Adjei Tawiah in a speech read for him urged development partners and stakeholders to consider investing into value addition of agriculture commodities which would not only ensure food availability all year round but also reduce post-harvest losses and food shortages.

The Member of Parliament for Korle Klottey, Dr Zenator Agyeman-Rawlings pleaded with the assembly to make provision to those who would like to be cooperate farmers to have a piece of land where people could actually cultivate crops or rear animals within the urban centres that would not be of nuisance but a source of income and food to the people.

DZIFA TETTEH TAY reports from Ashaiman that 32- year- old crops and livestock farmer, Abubakari Abdul Wahab emerged the Overall Best Farmer for the Ashaiman Municipality. 

The Municipal Chief Executive, Mr Albert Boakye Okyere advised the youth to see Mr. Wahab as a good example to be emulated because a young person who ventures into farming had obviously seen something good in it.

DAVID O. YARBOI-TETTEH reports from JUKWA that 30 farmers and fishers from the Central Region have been honoured for their contribution towards agricultural sector in the country at this year’s farmers’ day celebration s.

A number of awards were also given to farmers from the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies. 

Mr Maxell Asibu of Twifo Atti Morkwa District was adjudged as the Regional Best Farmer.

He received a tricycle, a gas cooker, television set, fertiliser, weedicide, and other items.

KINGSLEY E.HOPE, reports from KUMASI that 19 farmers walked home with tricycles (aboboyaa) loaded with farming inputs, double decker refrigerators, mattresses, television set, motorised sprayers, among the lots, for their hardwork in agricultural productivity in the Ashanti Region. 

Six farmers were from the Metro and the 13 others from other parts of the Region.

The award categories included best male and female farmer; best physically challenged; best aquaculture; best agro input dealer; technology adopter; best livestock farmer; best youth farmer.

Ms Ernestina Agyei won the Metro Best Farmer Award, while the Regional Best physically challenged was picked by Ernest Kwaku Wiafe, Regional Best Female farmer fell on Nana Agyenfua, while the overall best Regional farmer award went to Nana Kwadwo Opoku Bonsu.


A 43 years old farmer of Tibogu in Tolon District of the Northern Region Afa Issah Musah was on Friday adjudged the best District farmer in Tolon District.

He went home with Apsonic Kombiam Motorbike, cutlasses, and Wellington boots, Hajia Alhassan Kande of Tolon  came as first runner up went home with Apsonic N125 motorbike, cutlasses and Wellington boats whilst Afa Ibrahim

The District best farmer, Afa Issah Musah thanked the assembly for the award and said the items received would help him a lot in his farm.

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