The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) held this year’s Metro Farmers Day Celebration at
Upper New Takoradi to honour five Farmers and Fishermen in the Metropolis for their hard work.
This year’s event was under the theme: “Accelerating Agricultural Development Through Value Addition”.
Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed, a 45-year-old man from Bowohomodzen, a suburb of Takoradi emerged as the Overall Best Farmer for this year.
He was awarded with one motorbike, 10 bags of wheat-brand, two mosquito nets, two raincoats, one wheel barrow, 10 pairs of wellington
boots, 10 cutlasses, two knapsack sprayers, two lime bags and one solo mist blower machine.
The Best Female Farmer went to Madam Vida Hagan of Kweisikrom who also took home an eight-inch latex foam mattress, two lime bags,
two knapsack sprayers, five cutlasses, three wellington boots and two raincoats..
Mr. Sampson Tandoh and Sylvester Worlanyo were
awarded the Best Crop Farmer and Best Livestock Farmer respectively. They both took home table top fridges, wheel barrows, knapsack
sprayers and other agricultural tools to aid their work.The Best Fisherman for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis went to Mr. Samuel Tetteh Nabrath from Lower New Takoradi.
Mr. Nabrath was presented with a table top fridge, lime bags, wellington boots, a roll of rope, 100 floats among others
Speaking at the event, the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Hon. Abdul Mumin Issah indicated that over three million Ghanaians have been engaged in Agriculture under the government’s
agricultural flagship programmes and therefore encouraged the youth to also develop interest in Agric. He added that, the Assembly has in partnership with the European Union commenced
a project which among others is aimed at boosting agriculture through value addition in the Metropolis.
According to him, the Assembly under the same project has constructed a modern
demonstration farm with Greenhouse Technology in Sekondi. This facility he said will be used in conducting training for successful applicants who wish to train in the agricultural enterprise.
He went ahead to thank Ghana Gas Company Ltd., GLICO, Unique Insurance, Lower Pra Rural Bank Ltd., Hollard Insurance, GPRTU, Shellyco Gas, Plot Enterprise Ltd., for sponsoring the awards
and also to all other cooperate bodies whose immense support made this year’s celebration a more successful one. He then congratulated the winners and applauded them for their contributions
in national development.
The Metropolitan Director of Agriculture, Mr. Daniel Asimenu in his speech noted that the Agricultural sector has contributed immensely to the growth of the economy, adding that 40% of the
nation’s population is into Agriculture contributing about 20% to the GDP. He added that the agricultural sector is a major revenue and job creation avenue in the country and urged the youth
to develop interest in farming. He said one of the many challenges faced by the sector is the poor road networks to the farming communities and increased in transportation fares.