Assin Foso Municipality Celebrates Farmers
The Assin Foso Municipal Assembly through the department of Agric has honored farmers within the municipality for their hard work and contributions to the socio economic development of the municipality.
Date Created : 11/26/2021 12:00:00 AM : Story Author : Ghanadistricts.com /Nana Owusu
This year's farmer’s day celebration was held at Foso Odumasi on the team “Planting for food and jobs consolidating food systems in Ghana”.
Delivering his speech, the Municipal Chief Executive for Assin Foso Municipal Assembly Hon. Nicholas Kofi Baako thanked the chiefs and people of Foso Odumasi for accepting to host this year’s farmer day celebration.
He said the team for this year's celebration is laudable, appropriate and timely chosen and it is clearly inspired by the Government's vision to transform and modernize the agricultural sector to support the food systems in the municipality and beyond.
“The 2030 Agenda challenges us to eliminate all forms of malnutrition by ensuring that sufficient quantities of nutritious, safe and affordable food are available to all. Food security is built on four pillars; availability, access, utilization and stability. Food systems encompass the entire range of actors in the agricultural value chain and interlinked value-adding activities involved in the production, marketing, agro-processing, distribution, consumption and disposal of food products”.
Mr. Nicholas Fiifi Baako assured farmers that government is making every effort to put agricultural sector on the path of transformation and also acknowledges the enormous potential agriculture has provided which include food security, sustainable employment, rural development, decent incomes and improved standard of living for urban and rural populace, as well as propelling small scale farming into agribusiness.
He noted that government is vigorously implementing a set of key policy interventions and flagship programs to create a strong foundation for the accelerated economic transformation of our country.
He observed that, Assin Foso Municipal Assembly and the Department of Agriculture are implementing Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) Program and its daughters; Planting for Exports and Rural Development (PERD) and Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ) Program
The MCE disclosed that the distribution of farm inputs to farmers which happens to be a major component of the PFJ Program has worked very well. “This year, 4,268 farmers, comprising 2,852 males and 1,406 females were enrolled onto the Planting for Food and job” he added.
The municipality was able to distribute 415 bags of seed maize, 755 bags of seed rice, 77 kg of vegetable seed, 19,320 bags of Inorganic fertilizers, 6,750 organic fertilizers and 13,700 litres of liquid fertilizer to farmers. Additionally, 422 benefitted from the supply of insecticides to control Fall Armyworm in their farms. He also encouraged the youth within the municipality to take to farming since the government is ready to support them. Awards were given to some deserving farmers.
The overall went to Moses Demptey of Assin Wurakese, he received farm input roofing sheets and a motor king, and the first and second runner ups also received some farm inputs to aid them in their farming.