Views: 891 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Bindure UER, Dec 8,2018, Saturday, 5:56pm “Agriculture: moving Ghana beyond Aid” is the theme for this year’s Farmer’s...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Bindure UER, Dec 8,2018, Saturday, 5:56pm
“Agriculture: moving Ghana beyond Aid” is the theme for this year’s Farmer’s Day celebration across the country. The occasion marks 34 th edition of its kind, but for the Tempane District in the Upper East Region, it is the maiden which brought lots of joy to the people, evidenced, in the ecstasy that commemorates the day.
the event was held at Bugri community in the Tempane District which was created on March15, 2018 alongside some 31 others in the country.
The District Chief Executive, (DCE) Hon. Paul Azumah Abugri in speech called on the people to take opportunities in the Agric sector to improve their livelihoods.
The DCE said the New Patriotic Party Government was doing everything possible to “create equal opportunity for all.” He recounted the government’s flagship programmes which were churned out to transform the whole of the sector.
He said the one-village-one-dam, planting-for-food-and-jobs and one-district-one-factory were carrying in their ambits jobs and growth of the economy.
Also he said government had allocated some 400 million Cedis to the sector and all those interventions would accumulate to facilitate achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) one and two to fight poverty and reduce it by 2030.
He called on government to abolish duties on importation of some agricultural equipment to allow for speedy growth in irrigation projects in order to create more jobs for the teeming youth and for farmers to expand their activities.
It must be noted that dry-season farming is more lucrative for most farmers in the three regions of the north, for that matter, improving irrigation may not be an option but a must if living standards of the peasant farmer would have to improve.
Paul said for this year, harvest were good, citing maize and rice yields as high. He emphasised that the agricultural production chain was offering more jobs to the youth.
The occasion which was more-or-less a durbar of chiefs in terms of their high representation was used by the DCE to caution the people against bushfires and indiscriminate felling, the two evils, the DCE described responsible for adverse climate change patterns in the area and that if the situation was not addressed on time, it would dwindle harvest in the near future.
He encouraged smart farming practices among the people so to arrest the canker of climate change before it gets out of hands.
Also, he educated the people to take the UNICEF’S Community-led total sanitation (CLTS) seriously to fight open defecation in the District.
The overall best farmer carried away a tricycle with inputs, best sheanut picker, a woman made away with a cart and cash for a donkey; first runner up, a motorbike with inputs, second runner up, bicycle with inputs, the rest, bicycles with inputs and inputs only.