Mrs Emelia Osei Wiredu, was last Friday adjudged the best farmer in the Asokwa Municipality at its maiden farmers day celebration.
Taking home a brand new tricycle as well as other prizes including knapsack sprayer and other farm implements, Mrs. Wiredu expressed happiness for the honour bestowed on her for the noble exploits.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer newspaper after picking the sword of office from the MCE for Asokwa, Mrs Wiredu noted that it takes commitment and focus to become the best in what one does.
Combining crop farming with vegetable cultivation as well as the rearing of livestock is not an easy task, the Municipal Best farmer confessed.
“My brother I have come a long way to achieving this feat and all I can say to all is that farming is rewarding when one decides to enter same with a clear focus and commitment”, Mrs Wiredu noted.
MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE:
Addressing the gathering including the 18 award winners, Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah, Municipal Chief Executive for Asokwa applauded farmers for the difficult they do.
He noted that it is not easy to wake up at dawn to brave the cold winds to enter the farm to work at odd times.
Farmers, Chief Akwannuasa noted have single handedly ensured food is on the table of all who played a part in the development of the country.
The MCE however asked that technology and innovation is brought into how Agric workers and farmers operate so that the country can achieve the idea of sustainable food production all year round.
“As government introduces policies and programs to make farming attractive I also charge you that you also embrace technology and innovation so that we cultivate on a large scale to ensure the availability of food all year round”, the MCE advised.
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT:
Commending the farmers in Asokwa for a great showing at the maiden farmers day celebration in the Municipality, Madam Patricia Appiagyei asked that some of them focus on floriculture.
According to her, the growing of ornamental plants and flowers are good business practice.
Many countries such as the USA and Sweden as well as other African countries have been making a lot of money from doing same.
Madam Appiagyei also asked that farmers take advantage of the planting for food and jobs policy by government to seek for incentives to expand their farms and businesses.
MUNICIPAL AGRIC DIRECTOR:
Mrs Martha Ashami Armah, Asokwa Municipal Agric Director said the community is noted for its high cultivation of vegetables.
With over 120 vegetable farmers in over 4 groups and scattered individuals, she noted Asokwa possesses the potential to rake in more revenue as well as investments if farmers get support to expand their farms.
She also noted that the community abounds in potentials of livestock rearing and fish farming, adding that annually 84, 199 cattle, 12, 348 pigs, 36, 785 sheep and goats are slaughtered in the community for sale.
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