The Bole District Assembly in the Savannah Region has organised this year’s farmers day at Sonyor under the theme:” Ensuring Agribusiness Development under Covid-19 – opportunities and challenges”.
The Bole District Chief Executive, Madam Veronica Alele Hermeng speaking at the ceremony said; “the Npp Government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture(MOFA), and the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD) since 2017, has taken giant t steps to address food security challenges and jobs creation through flagship programs such as Planting for Food and Jobs(PFJ), Planting for Export and Rural Development (PERP), Rearing for Food and Jobs (RFJ), One Village One Dam(1v1d), One District One Factory (1D1F), One District , One Warehouse among others.
She added in 2017, a total of 5,354 farmers in the district benefited from the free distribution of 450,000 cashew seedlings since the inception of Planting for Export and Rural Development Program.
Seventy five(75) farmers in the District also benefited from the Rearing for Food and Jobs of which each farmer was given 8 sheep to rear, she indicated.
Under the 1v1d initiative, she explained 10 dams earmarked have been completed while the construction of the day 1d1f is still ongoing.
She cautioned that HIV/AIDs is on a rise in the District which she advised all residents to be cautious of the virus as the District is second to Sawla-Tuna- Kalba District in the Savannah Region.
The Bole District Director of the Department of Agriculture also stated that more has to be done in our collective efforts to improving the awards to motivate the hardworking farmers towards achieving a common goal of increasing agriculture productivity in the District and the country as a whole.
Ghana is on the right path to food sufficiency as witnessed from the bumper harvest in most crops over the few years.
In all, 10 hardworking farmers took home prices in various categories.
The overall District Best Farmer went to Mr. Sunpuo Litey who took home a motor king tricycle, 2 bags of organic fertilizer, pair of wellington boots, cutlasses, knapsack sprayer, Radio set and a certificate of recognition.
Mr. Sunpuo Litey speaking to Yagbon News thanked the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for the initiative.
According to him farming is a business and thus called on youth to engage in farming because it is an occupation that pays.
Source: Yagbon Radio/Abdul Fataw Diwura