Source: Ben LARYEA
The Ayawaso North Municipal Assembly has honoured farmers in the municipality for their contributions towards food sovereignty and security during the celebration of the national farmer’s day across the country.
Speaking at the 37th annual farmers Day celebration in Accra, on the theme “Planting for Food and Jobs: Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana”, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer (MCE) of the Assembly Mr. Mohammed Aminu Zakari said farmers have played a significant role in the socio-economic growth and development of the country particularly in the food value chain in the country.
He said farmers have been the backbone and the driving force of the economy hence they must be celebrated and honoured for their hardwork in the agricultural and livestock space.
The Municipal Chief Executive added that with the prudent measures put in place by government to support farmers in the areas such as fertilizers, extension officers and subsidised farm inputs, farmers have produced bountifully to meet the demand of Ghanaians.
He said government have rolled out initiatives through the agricultural ministry and have impacted positively on its flagship agricultural programme dubbed “Planting for Food and Jobs” bringing to the fore the abundance of food and job creation for the teeming youth to embrace agriculture as a lucrative job and venture.
For his part, the overall best farmer for the occasion, Mr. Alidu Zainudeen expressed his joy in an interview with the Daily Searchlight saying farming is a lucrative job and urged the youth to take up the challenge and assured that it is a profitable business.
He advised the youth to take a bold step and engage in farming and explained that there are essential benefits in crop production and livestock, adding that he was the 2nd best farmer during last year’s farmer’s day.
“I rear hundreds of turkeys, brahma fowls, goats, sheep, cattle at locations at Dodowa and Pig farm with the brand name “Zee Farms and Trading Enterprises”, he concluded.