GALLANT BONO REGION FARMERS COMMENDED ON FARMER’S DAY CELEBRATION
The Bono Regional Minister, Mad. Justina Owusu-Banahene has eulogized the Bono Regional hardworking farmers and fishers for their effort in providing food for the people in the region and Ghana as a whole and their contribution to the socio-economic development of the country. In all, 7 Regional and 12 Municipal farmers and fishers’ were awarded, including best female and best cashew farmers.
The event which occurred on the 38th National Farmer’s Day on 2nd December, 2022 at Dumasua R/C School Park in the Sunyani West Municipal in Bono Region was graced by personalities like the Bono Regional Minister, Hon. Justina Owusu-Banahene, the Bono Regional Coordinating Director, Mr. Andrews Okumah Nawil, the Bono Regional Director of Agriculture, Mr. Dennis Amenga Abugri, the Municipal Chief Executive of Sunyani West Municipal, Hon. Evans Kusi Boadum, the National Chairman of the NPP, Mr. Stephen Ntim, the Bono Regional NPP Chairman, Mr. Kwame Baffoe (Abronye), Regional and Districts Heads of Departments, the Agriculture Director of Sunyani West Municipal among others.
The 2022 event was celebrated under the theme “Accelerating Agriculture development through value addition”.
In her statement to salute Ghanaian farmers, the Regional Minister who was also born in a farming community expressed her profound appreciation to the farmers for their hard work, stating that food plays an important role in the socioeconomic development of the nation. According to her, the aged are mainly involved in agriculture with little strength to produce on large scale. To this end, she implored the youth to take agriculture to the next level by leveraging modern technologies. She congratulated the award winners and urged them to work harder so they could win national awards.
She said technology plays an important role in modern agriculture, so there is a need to employ technology in farming. She, therefore, implored farmers to adopt improved technologies extended to them by the AEAs while farmers also complement that with their experience to increase productivity and production levels. Since inorganic fertilizers are currently scarce, the Hon. Regional Minister underscored the need to adopt the use of compost and organic fertilizers which is abundant in the region as a substitute.
The Hon. Minister also bemoan the negative impact of climate change and heightened the urgent need to practice or invest in irrigation (such as investing into dugouts and wells) for use in the dry season or during rain failure. She further called on farmers to patronize the services of processing factories established under the One District One Factory (IDIF) initiative in the Dormaa West (Rice Processing Factory) and Berekum West (Tomato Processing Factory) to ensure value addition and increase income.
The Regional Director of Agriculture, Mr. Denis Abugri Amenga, in his remarks at the durbar, thanked the Regional Coordinating Council and the Sunyani West Municipal Assembly for jointly organizing the event and also hailed the hard-working farmers and fishers for their contribution to national development. Commenting on the theme for the celebration, the RDA said the need for value addition in accelerating agriculture development is more urgent now than ever due to the current global economic meltdown. According to him, farmers must be appreciated for their quest to continue production in the face of high input costs, inadequate agriculture financing and erratic climatic conditions.
National Farmers Day was instituted in 1985 by then Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) government after the industries showed a 30 percent growth in 1984 which was a significant improvement over 1982 and 1983 years when the country suffered a severe drought.
It is celebrated on the first Friday of December each year to recognize and appreciate the contributions of farmers and fishermen in the country and is designed to pay respect to the importance of the farming and fishing industry in the socio-economic growth of Ghana.