Bolgatanga, Dec. 8, GNA – Mr Abdulai Dramani
Amaliba and Madam Caroline Akoba have been adjudged the best farmers for the
Bolgatanga Municipal and Bolgatanga East District respectively.
Mr Francis Ayinegebala, 36, received the
overall best farmer award for the Talensi District, in the Upper East Region.
For their awards, they received a Motor King
Tricycle Cart each, cutlasses, Wellington boots, Knapsack sprayers, GTP Wax
prints, radio sets and certificates.
While the Bolgatanga East District joined the
Bolgatanga Municipal to celebrate the farmers in Bolgatanga on Friday, the
Talensi District held the ceremony at Yinduri.
Addressing the farmers in Bolgatanga, Mr
Bernard My-Issah, the Bolgatanga Municipal Director of Agriculture, said
agriculture could help develop the country if given the needed support.
This, he noted, is evident by the increase in
production after one year of the implementation of the Planting for Food and
Jobs Policy (PFJs).
The five pillars of the PFJs are to access
seed, fertilizer, extension services, marketing of agriculture produce, and
Mr My-Issah said the Directorate, this year,
received and distributed 60 bundles of NPK and 30 bundles of Urea fertilizer
coupons to farmers in the Municipality, of which more than 2,602 male farmers
and 818 female farmers benefitted.
He said the fall armyworm affected about 542
hectares of land planted with various crops during the past cropping season and
measures taken to mitigate its impact saved only 140 hectares.
Mr Joseph Amiyuure, the Chief Executive for
Bolgatanga Municipal, said without adequate development of the agriculture
sector, the country’s growth would be retarded.
He urged the youth to take farming as a
business to benefit from government policies introduced to assist farmers.
At Yinduri, Mr Ayinegebala, who received the
Symbol of Authority as the Best Talensi District Farmer, urged the youth to go
into farming, irrespective of other skills they may have.
He praised the Planting for Food and Jobs
Policy by the Government, saying it had really helped the farmers and appealed
for tractors to facilitate their work.
Expressed worry over the spillage of the Bagre
Dam, which was a nightmare to all farmers in the area.
Mr Timothy Kurug, the Talensi District Second
Best Farmer, received a motor king, a pair of wellington boots, two cutlasses,
one knapsack sprayer, half piece of cloth, one radio set and a certificate.
The third best took home a donkey cart,
wellington boots, two cutlasses, one knapsack, half piece cloth, wax radio and
Cross section of farmers at the ceremony.
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