The Bemuhene of Ajumako Traditional Area, Nana Akyeremfo XII, has been adjudged the overall best farmer in the Ajumako District for the year 2017, with Mr Kweku Saah as the second runner up.

A physically challenged farmer, Mr John Donkoh, and others including best staff of the District Agriculture office were also rewarded at the recent Farmers Day Celebration.
The Ajumako District Chief Executive, Rev. Kwesi Nyarko, in an address, disclosed that there was a budget of Gh¢ 10,000.00 to Gh¢20, 000.00 to support farmers to cultivate an average of ten acres of crops within the next four years and urged MMDA’s to take advantage of it.

Rev. Nyarko  said as part of efforts to boost economy through agriculture, about three to five million farmers had been targeted in the cultivation of seven identified cash crops― cashew, Shea nut, mango, rubber, oil palm, citrus and cocoa―within the next four to ten years.

He said of the seven crops, Ajumako had chosen oil palm, cocoa, coconut and cassava. Rev. Nyarko said plans were well advanced to roll out the other initiatives such as ‘Planting for Jobs and Investments’.

Rev. Nyarko  said as part of government’s plans to create a ready market for the massive harvest of farm produce expected this year, the National Buffer Stock Company had been revitalized to procure, store and distribute the outputs from the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ programme.

He restated the concern that the country’s fish stock continued to deplete as a result of bad fishing practices, and appealed to fisher folks to desist from such practices while urging Ghanaians to say no to bad fish. Rev. Nyarko commended farmers for their contribution to national development efforts.

The District Director of Agriculture, Mr Alfred Yaw Gokah, disclosed that two hundred and seventy-six (276) farmers, made up of one-hundred and ninety (190) males and eighty-six(86) females, had benefited  from the supply of improved cassava planting materials.

In addition, he said, 707 bags of NPK fertilizers, 358 bags of Urea and 432 kilos of seed maize, costing Ghc 59,193.50 had been supplied to the beneficiary farmers, of which about fifty three per cent of the cost of inputs supplied had been recovered.

He commended the government of Ghana for subsidizing the in addition to the numerous challenges and activities undertaken to help increase food production for the citizenry.

Source: ISD (Raymond Kwofie)