The Tano South version of the 29th edition of the National Farmers’ day celebration was celebrated at Ankaase a farming community in the District with the theme ‘’Reducing post harvest losses for sustainable food security and nutrition’’
The celebration with attracted all manner of people and farmers from all walks of life saw our gallant farmers been awarded with certificates and prizes ranging from Knapsack sprayers, Fridges, TV set, Bicycle and Motorbike for their selfless and dedicated work to the district and the nation as a whole.
Picture above some of the prizes for the awardees and the dignitaries at the high table
Addressing the gathering, the Tano South District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Dwamena Godfred said farmers were taken through various technologies to improve and maximised their yields and returns under the WAAPP. He said that the department also provided plant clinic which provided solutions for identified plant problems such as diseases and pest to farmers and encouraged all farmers to embrace the idea of plant Doctor Approach.
Under root and tuber improvement and marking programme (RTIMP), Mr. Dwamena said, the department was able to supply 1,500 bundles of improve cassava planting materials to about 150 farmers in the district and said they also supplied and supported experienced cassava commercial multipliers to establish 5acres field for expansion of cassava production since this year marks the end of free supply of planting materials to farmers.
Mr. Dwamena also announced to the farmers that the marketing problems have been solved since farmers who produce improved cassava tubers may be linked to the Ghana Guinness Ltd in Kumasi who will purchase the cassava for the production of root beer. Apart from Guinness, a Chines company and other Gari and high quality flour processors are also in high demand for cassava tubers for processing and assured the farmers to go into cassava production since there is ready market and urged the farmers to contact the AEAs in the District/office so that they could be linked to the brewery and other processors.
The Tano South District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Dwamena Godfred addressing the gathering
In ensuring food security, Mr. Dwamena stated that the Assembly should consider establishing maize processing centres since this has become necessary due to the erratic nature of rains with almost total failure in the minor cropping season. Farmers are advised to take advantage of the major season rains to cultivate most of the grain in order to process them during the major season to reduce the post havest losses and to enhance food security and nutrition. Acquiring power tillers for inland valley rice production site at Mansin, and reconsider the reconstruction of the canal and wier at the inland valley rice Development site at Mansin.
Under livestock, he said a lot of interventions were conducted to prevent disease in animals notably amongst them are rabbies and PPR. About 2,509 animals including Dogs, Cats, Monkeys, Sheep and Goats were vaccinated. He appealed to the District Assembly to enforce by laws on the compulsory vaccination of pets against zoonotic diseases especially rabbies since the incidence of stray dog bite that result in the death of humans have increased in the past years. And also pleaded with livestock farmers to contact vertinnary officials for their routine disease control and vaccination.
Concluding his address, Mr. Dwamena said that in all about 14,103 farmers were reached with extension services and encouraged all farmers in the District to always approach the District Agricultural Development unit for good Agricultural practices to improve yields and maximise returns to better their lives.
In a speech on bush fires, the Tano South District officer in charge of the fire service Miss Martha Solomon retaliated that as we enter the dry season we are bound to encounter some bush fires and as such fire volunteers would be required to strengthen their activities to meet such challenges and again said a District fire patrol team would be formed to tour all parts of the District to educate the masses on the prevention of bush fires.
The Tano South District officer in charge of fire service Miss Martha Solomon addressing the gathering
Miss Solomon appealed to the District Chief Executive to consider getting our roads reshaped so that the fire tender could move swiftly to fire outbreak sites and pleaded with the people to always call the fire office line when there is any fire outbreak in any part of the District.
In a speech at the function the Tano South District Chief Executive Hon. Bukari Zakari Anaba said it is yet another day to celebrate and honour our gallant farmers for their contribution to the economic development of this country and said not only those to be awarded but all those who work tirelessly to put food on the table of Ghanaians. He said the theme for the year ‘’Reducing post harvest losses for sustainable food security and nutrition’’ could not have been chosen at any better time than now when there is increase in production at all levels of productions of the various food commodities.
Hon. Anaba reiterated that to achieve the theme, there is existence of on-going programmes such as food and agricultural sector development policy (FASDEP) Root and Tuber improvement and marketing project (RTIMP) West African Agricultural productivity project (WAAPP )and block farm programmes to help farmers to improve on their production in grains, roots and tubers in the district and the country at large. He continued that all those programmes are there and ready to extend agricultural extension services to all farmers in the district in the area of root, tubers, oil palm, fruits and animal production and encouraged farmers to make good use of them.
In conclusion, Hon. Anaba congratulated all those farmers to be awarded for their good work done and enjoined all other farmers to continue to work harder. He wished all farmers well and wished and hoped that farmers in the district would win at both the overall regional and National Best Farmers Awards in future.
The overall best farmer Barima Anaane in a short speech said agriculture contributes about sixty percent (60%) of Ghana’s domestic product and as such the youth of this country who do not have any white collar job to begin in investing in farming and pleaded with the Government to supply peasant farmers with farming imputes to enable them expand their farms.
Barima Anaane received the following items for his prize as the District best Farmer. One motorbike, one television set, one Knapsack sprayer, half piece wax print, four pairs wellington boot, 2 pieces watering can, 10 cutlasses, 1 box weedicide, 1 box key soap and a certificate.
Nana Amaadie the chief of Ankaase who chaired the function thanked the District Chief Executive and his management team and the Tano South District Directorate of Agriculture for celebrating the day at Ankaase and pleaded with the DCE to as a matter of urgency consider getting the Derma Ankaase road reshaped to enable farmers in the area transport their farm produce to the urban centres.