The Jirapa Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Jirapa Municipal Agriculture Directorate awarded eighteen (18) farmers during the celebration of the 36th farmer’s day last Friday.
Mr. Charles Anataka a forty one (41) years old farmer from Mwankuri won the overall best farmer in the Jirapa Municipality.
He was presented with a motor tricycle, knapsack sprayer, two wellington boots, two machetes, one bag of compost fertilizer, one Radio set, one liter of weedicide, and a cloth.
Fifteen (15) other farmers were also awarded with bicycles, knapsack sprayer, wellington boots, two cutlasses and cloths for their hard work and dedication towards the agricultural sector at the 36th farmer’s day celebration.
Madam Cecilia Thompson received the best female Municipal farmer award and was presented with a Laojia motor bike, knapsack sprayer, a pair of wellington boots, two cutlasses, a cloth and a radio set.
The best physically challenged farmer award went to Mr. Bayor Woadun from Guuripou. He received a bicycle, a knapsack sprayer, two cutlasses and two wellington boots.
Certificates were also presented to all the 18 award winners in the Jirapa Municipality.
The Municipal Chief Executive, Christine Bonbanye Amadu mention that this year’s theme “Ensuring Agribusiness Development under COVID-19 – Opportunities and Challenges” cannot be over emphasize since agriculture is the main stay of our economy.
According to her successive governments has demonstrated strong commitment to motivating the nation farmers and fishers.
She said agriculture must be given a business approach in order to make it attractive to the youth and said that is the reason why government introduced the planting for food and jobs programme.
The Jirapa Municipal Agriculture Director, Mr. Samuel Oteng Opoku bemoaned the challenges the sector faces during this year’s farming season.
According to him, most farmers were not having knowledge on the handling and use of agro-chemicals, late release of funds to the department of agriculture to execute its annual work plan and crop farm destruction by stray cattle.