Countrywise communication Ghana has held its harmattan awards for development Journalists in the Savannah zone of Ghana.
This is the third edition of the awards programme held in Damongo, the capital of Savannah Region.
The occasion was under the theme: “The role of media in discovering our agricultural potentials”.
The awards programme showcases journalists who are passionate in reporting challenges facing farmers in the Savannah zone of the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of countrywise communication Ghana, Mr. Raymond Vuol, said the harmattan award for development was a tool to help refocus the energies of the hardworking journalists on the agricultural sector.
The awards organisation encouraged all journalists and media practitioners to work hard in transforming lives of the peasant within the Savannah belt.
Fr. Clement Aapengnuo,giving the keynote address mentioned some of the challenges facing farmers in Savannah zone as lack of ready market for farm products of farmers, deforestation, lack of support for women who are farmers and the issue of land tenure system not properly managed.
He called on the journalsits to give special attention to agriculture or agribusiness, value chain development.
Hon. Salifu Adam Braimah, the Savannah Regional minister speaking at the ceremony commended the organization for it strides is making in improving the livelihood of farmers.
According to him the choice of Damongo for the event was appropriate at the time the young Region is still unearthing its potentials for the growth of the Region.
He tasked journalists to report all issues bothering farmers in the Savannah enclave to help develop these farmers.
In all six journalists from Daily Graphic, Business and Financial Times, JoyNews, TV Africa and GBC who distinguished themselves in their reportage were given honours ranging from citations to flat screen televisions.