Twenty-three farmers and fishermen and the Azuleti District Assembly Primary school were honoured in the Jomoro District Farmers’ Day Celebration that took place at Azuleti near Mpataba in the Western Region.
The award winners were made up of 16 men and seven women.
Their awards included half piece wax prints, Wellington boots, insecticides, knapsack spraying machines, cutlasses, wheat brands, agro-chemicals, sewing machines and certificate.
A-38-year old farmer from Mpataba, Mr James Angamah, emerged as the overall best farmer for the District.
He took home a 150 horsepower motorbike, 2 pairs wellington boots, full piece wax print, one each Mistblower & Knapsack spraying Machines, five cutlasses, two T-shirts and a certificate.
Mr Angamah owns 30 hectares each of cocoa and oil palm plantation, 94 hectares rubber plantation, 2 hectares orange plantation, 45 hectatres coconut plantation and 3 hectares cassava plantation.
The rest are two acres plantain, garden eggs and pepper, 150 fowls and 15 sheep.
The theme for the celebration was: “Transform Ghana: Invest in Agriculture”.
The event was attended by heads of departments, security agencies, assembly members, chiefs, civil society organizations, political party representatives, former MP and the Presiding Member for the area, Mr Joseph Emmanuel Ackah.
Mr Kenneth Addai Boadu, the District Agric Director, said the Ministry of Agriculture has provided the District with 25 and 5 small improved sheep and goats to cross local breeds in the area.
He said the animals have been given to six livestock farmers at five communities in the District.
In a speech read on his behalf, Mr Paul Evans Aidoo, commended farmers and fishermen for their hard work producing food to feed Ghanaians.
The Regional Minister said Agriculture has suffered some setbacks over the years through under investment but Government has been making the needed efforts over the past seven years to reverse the worrying trend.
He said among the measures taken are the mass cocoa spraying exercise, rehabilitation of deplorable roads to food producing areas, free distribution of Asaasewura fertilizers to farmers and cassava multiplication programme.
Nana Awuah Badwo III, the queen mother of Azuleti, urged government to make the Agriculture industry attractive to entice the youth.
Nana Ayebie Amihere VI, the Chief of Half-Assini, who chaired the ceremony, urged the government to subsidize fertilizer to make it affordable to farmers in the country. GNA