Ghana’s economy is heavily dependent on Agriculture. For this reason and others, a day is set aside each year (usually in December) to celebrate Ghanaian farmers who break their backs to sustain the economy against all odds.
This day (National Farmers’ Day) however seems to have lost its impact. At least a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Agriculture at KNUST believes that.
Rawgist.com’s Bernard Buachi asked Prof. Simon Cudjoe Fialor for his assessment of the impact of the National Farmers’ Day celebration.
The KNUST lecturer believes the celebration as it stands now has lost its essence.
The 33rd National farmers’ Day celebration was launched a few months ago and will be held on December 1, 2017.
Prof. Fialor however says the only way to make the celebration relevant is to empower winners of the awards to become a beacon for other farmers to emulate. Their farms have to be made into model farms and they should be able to organize fora for other farmers to learn. He believes when the success of awardees rubs off other farmers in a way that influences them positively, the celebration would then beginning to take on some meaning.
“After the light has been shone on them, these farmers need to become beacons for other farmers to follow but unfortunately it’s business as usual after the celebrations”, he lamented.