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talda 09/12/2023


Speaking during the celebration, Mr. Stephen Yakubu, the Upper East Regional Minister, said agriculture had been the engine of the country’s economic development and had provided employment opportun ities for the majority of the people.

‘’It is therefore proper we celebrate and duly recognise and honour the tireless efforts of our gallant farmers and fisher folks for their immense contribution to the agriculture sector by producing food for the growing population and industries of this country,’’ he said.

The Regional Minister said the theme for this year’s celebration was relevant in tackling the adverse impacts of climate change and the country’s drive to achieve the sustainable Development Goals, particularly goals one, two and 12, which talk about ending poverty, and hunger and ensuring climate resilience respectively.

He proposed innovative technologies that provided real-time data on weather patterns, pest infestations and market conditions as transformative solutions to boosting agriculture productivity.

‘’It is in view of this that the Ghana Agricultural Sector Investment Programme (GASIP) collaborated with the Ghana meteorological Agency to provide weather information to farmers during the farming season.

Alhaji Zakaria Fuseini, the Upper East Regional Director of the Department of agriculture, noted that despite the challenges such as the high cost of inputs, and erratic rainfall, among others that confronted agriculture production, preliminary analysis of the food balance sheet revealed that there would be food surplus in the region after the just ending farming season.

In all, 220 farmers comprising 205 females and 15 males from the 15 Municipalities and Districts across the region received awards and were given prizes ranging from certificates, tricycle, motorbikes to fridges and television among others.

The number included award winners from the regional and district levels.

It was held on the theme: ‘’Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience’’.

They received a tricycle, blower, two matchets, two pairs of wellington boots, a knapsack sprayer and a certificate each.

Isaac Amondem, a 38 –year – old mixed farmer from wiaga in the Builsa North Municipality, has emerged as the Upper East Regional overall best farmer in the 39th edition of the Farmers’ Day celebration held at Bolgatanga.


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