As Constitution demands, the first Friday in December every year is set aside in Ghana to honour and recognize farmers and fisher-folk in the various regions and MMDA’s for their efforts in the promotion of agriculture.
Whiles the National Grand Durbar took place at Koforidua in the Eastern Region, the Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipality chose Ebuom, a suburb of the Municipality as the place for this year’s farmers Day Celebration in the Municipality.
The event registered a number of dignitaries, residents and farmer’s in the Municipality, signifying that, the Municipality accepts the National event with enthusiasm. It’s beyond any reasonable doubt that Ejura-Sekyedumase Municipality is one of the food baskets of the country.
With no doubt, farming is very important, hence this colorful event, Dr. Kingsley Osei, the Municipal Chief Executive uttered. The Municipal Chief Executive, who graced the occasion highlighted government efforts to improve Agricultural activities in the Municipality and the country as a whole.
He added that about 90% of occupants in the Municipality are farmers, hence government’s efforts to help farming enhancement. The MCE added that government will continue to support farmers in diverse ways. According to Dr. Kingsley Osei, the interruption of COVID-19 had cost the country greatly; hence due to Government’s good policies such as Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ), farmers are able to sustain the country.
According to Dr. Kingsley Osei, government subsidized the prices of fertilizer to help farmers. GH¢2billion had been spent on Planting for Food and Jobs, 80,000 liquid fertilizers were supplied to farmers in the Municipality. Viable maize seeds were given to farmers, 550 bags of rice seeds, 260 bags of cowpea seeds were all given to 6,012 farmers in the Municipality.
Represented by Nana Kwadwo Ansebie, Nifahene of Ejura Traditional Council, came in the stead of Barima Osei Hwedie II. The sub-traditional ruler was very enthused to witness the colorful event. He bemoaned that the country is in serious crises, hence each and everyone should do whatever they can to help the government overcome it. He made mention that farming is very hard to do these days due to the rise in the cost of farming inputs in the country.
Nana warns that criminals, Fulani herdsmen and all evil doers were not accepted in the Municipality, he stressed that Ejura accepts all but wouldn’t condone ill-behaviors. He warned Fulani Herdsmen to leave the Municipality immediately before action was taken against them.
17 Prizes were awarded in total for recognized and deserving farmers. Ranging from best groundnut farmer, best cowpea farmer, non-traditional farmer, best vegetable farmer, best tree crop farmer, best maize farmer, best non ruminant farmer, best ruminant farmer, most promising youth farmer, among others.
Best female farmer was given to Cecilia Sarfo, second runner-up was Peter Ngaba, the first runner-up was Nana Kwabena Gyimah and the overall best farmer of the Municipality was Hon. Osman Yakubu, Assembly Member of Hiawoanwu electoral area.
However, the first runner-up, Nana Kwabena Gyimah was given a motorcycle, a certificate of honor and other farming items. The overall Municipal best farmer of the year, Hon. Osman Yakubu was awarded a tricycle, a certificate of honor and other items.