This year’s National Farmers Day to reward outstanding farmers and fishermen across the country has been launched in Accra.
The 39th edition will be held on Friday, December 1, 2023, in the Western Region on the theme “Delivering smart solutions for sustainable food security and resilience”.
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr. Bryan Acheampong, said in an address read on his behalf by his deputy, Mr. Yaw Frimpong Addo, that the government sought to harness the power of innovation and technology to improve the organization of the national awards ceremony.
He urged the organizers to ensure a successful and memorable event, adding that “the occasion promises to be a momentous one since we plan to be a little different by moving away from business as usual, at least at the national level”.
The minister said there was a need to be more sensitive to the needs of farmers to enable them to optimize production, build resilience and attain a level of competitiveness derived from the efficient use of resources and technology.
The Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Moses Anim, for his part, said that the celebration provided the country with the opportunity to reflect on the importance of agriculture and the fisheries sectors to national development.
He said the ministry was pursuing short, medium and long-term measures to sustainably manage fisheries resources, including the development of the aquaculture industry.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Seth Kwame Acheampong, who handed over the baton to the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the new host, said “Agriculture cannot be left out of the development agenda since farmers are the backbone of the country”.
Taking his turn, Mr. Darko-Mensah said the fact that his region produced 98 per cent of the country’s rubber, 80 per cent of coconut, 35 per cent of oil palm and 1.5 million metric tons of cassava, among others, showed the uniqueness of the area.