Farmers Day celebration opens with agricultural fair and trade exhibition
The five-day Fair, a prelude to the main event on Friday 03 December, will provide farmers from different regions with the platform to present their products and agricultural potentials on special days allocated to them.
The Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Bono and Western regions participate in Monday’s fair while the other regions will take their turn on the following days.
This year’s celebration is themed: “Planting for Food and Jobs: Strengthening Ghana’s Food Systems”.
Dozens of enthusiastic farmers from the six above-mentioned regions presented varieties of crops and food, including; cassava, yams, corn, tomatoes as well as livestock and aquatic products at the venue.
Amid heightened security in and around the hall, patrons were entertained with magnificent cultural displays and fanfare music while Egyaa, number three of Winneba’s masquerades, put on a magnificent performance. .
Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, the regional minister of the Center, in her welcome speech, described the fair as a prelude to the great durbar envisaged as memorable on Friday.
She commended the farmers for their tireless contributions and praised the innovative government interventions in the sector, led by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and its partners.
She said the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had encouraged the agriculture ministry to support and encourage farmers to produce more food at all times.
She recounted various government interventions in the sector such as Plant for Food and Jobs, Plant for Food and Export, Distribution of Subsidized Fertilizers, One Village, One Dam, Warehouse, among others, all geared towards job creation and food security.
Osabarima Kwesi Atta II, Oguaamanhen, reiterated the great contributions of farmers whose efforts and hard work have supported national food security and also contributed around 30 percent of Ghana’s export earnings.
He touted the great impact of government plantations for food and employment as key drivers of national food security and consolidation of the food supply to improve the incomes and well-being of all farmers.