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Techiman North District Awards 27 Farmers on National Farmers Day

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The Techiman North District in the Brong Ahafo Region awarded 27

farmers who has contributed in feeding Ghana's growing population at

Tano-Boase on Friday, December 5th 2014, which marks this year's

National Farmers Day in the country.

The National Farmers Day celebration was established by the Ministry

of Food and Agriculture to honour the nation's hard working farmers.

On the first Friday of every December, farmers who excel in their

respect fields are awarded with certificates and other prizes.

The 2014 edition of the celebration was under the theme: "Eat what you grow"

District Chief Executive, Hon. Anthony Kwaku Marnuh speaking at the

occasion said food is an essential component of human existence as

well as a fundamental human right and also an important indicator of

economic development hence the MDG goal number one is aimed at

reducing by half the number of people living with hunger by the year

2015.

He called on the farmers to continue to work hard and also take advice

from their Agricultural Extension Agents (AEAs) so that in the near

future the would also be beneficiaries of the awards.

According to Hon. Anthony Kwaku Marnuh, the them "eat what you grow"

has been chosen in order to show the need for ensuring sustainability

of food security in the country.

He added that, the department of agriculture of the Techiman North

assembly will continue to assist farmers in the district especially

smallholders to ensure good quality when the product reach the market.

"The department will also intensify education on the use of modernized

farming technologies to control post-harvest losses. We must intensify

education awareness creation to our farmers to ensure that they adopt

improved technology to increase production, reduce post-harvest losses

and give us healthy and nutritious produce and also for better income

for farmers."

Member of Parliament for Techiman North, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh said theme

for this year's Farmes Day celebration is laudable hence all people

must eat they produce and also increase on productivity in order to

fight poverty.

He urged government workers to also involve themselves into farming.

Hon. Alex Kyeremeh annouced that, works on Boayam, Asue Junction,

Tuobodom and Faaman are on-going and will facilitate easy road access

to farmers when completed.

Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts, Hon. Elizabeth Ofosu-Agyare,

who was at the ceremony charged the youth to involve theirselves in

agric-business and pledged to provide 27 spraying machines to all the

awardees.

She said farming is not for school dropouts but rather hard-working people.

By: Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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