AGRICULTURE

ATEBUBU: Samuel Owusu is best farmer for 2017
Thirty-eight year old Samuel Owusu emerged the best farmer for Atebubu-Amantin at the 33rd annual district best farmer awards held at Mem.

Date Created : 12/6/2017 12:17:33 AM : Story Author : Daniel Oduro-Stewart/Ghanadistricts.com

Owusu, a graduate teacher with 21 years farming experience cultivates 33 acres of maize, 10 acres of beans, 5 acres of cashew, 2 acres each of yam and cassava, one and a half acres of garden eggs and an acre of pepper.

The father of 3 who hails from Mem also has 40 sheep, 30 goats, 9 cattle as well as 170 beehives to his assets.

For his prize, he took away a certificate, a try-cycle, 2 cutlasses, 1 knapsack sprayer, bottles of assorted agro chemicals, bars of key soap, a pair of wellington boots and a half piece of wax print .

Earlier in a welcome address, the district director of agriculture Mr. George Amanyo said his outfit has worked assiduously this year under the ‘planting for food and jobs’ programme.

“We began the programme with maize and hope to engage vegetable, cowpea and soya bean farmers next year.”

He said the Department of Agriculture is also considering cassava, maize and mango as produce base for the ‘one district one factory’ initiative in the district and urged farmers to increase production in these areas to make the dream a reality.

Mr. Amanyo thanked the minister for food and agriculture and the district chief executive for their support in ameliorating the devastating effects of the fall army worm invasion.

He announced to the excitement of the gathering that the 2013 district best farmer Yusif Bunbas emerged the national best livestock farmer for this year.

The Atebubu-Amantin district chief executive Hon. Edward Owusu said the theme for the celebration ‘farming for food and jobs’ could not have come at a more appropriate time.

“The alarming unemployment situation in the country which is a looming national security threat calls for action.” He said.

“Planting for food and jobs seeks to improve rural economies and food security. This is expected to be achieved through the creation of easier and faster access to markets, scale up credit facilities, subsidy for farm inputs and the motivation of extension service providers to increase production.” He added.

The DCE said government will therefore support all programmes and projects geared towards increasing production in agriculture citing the roots and tuber improvement program, the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority, agriculture mechanization and the One District One Warehouse initiative.

Nineteen other individuals and institutions received various awards in individual crop and animal production categories, educational institution and technology transfer.

They received various prizes including certificates, motorbikes, knapsack sprayers, wax prints, wellington boots, machetes, pick axes and spades among others.