Mrs Augustina Narh, 52, emerged the overall best farmer in the 30th Ga Central Municipal Assembly farmers? day celebration in

The winner, who owns CHARIS Farms, located at MCC Anyan, in Ga Central Municipality was rewarded with assorted farm machineries, electronic appliances and clothes.

The items received included: One chest deep freezer, one Knapsack sprayer, one bundle wire mesh, three pairs of Wellington boot, one wheel barrow, 10 bags of wheat bran and a half piece of wax print.

In the women category, Ms Doris Apkene Mayise, emerged the winner for Best Woman Farmer and also took home one knapsack sprayer, one weighing scale, one bundle wire mesh, five bags of wheat bran, three pairs of Wellington boot, one wheel barrow, and a half piece of wax print.

The best Poultry farmer went to Ms Gifty Attoh, while the Best sheep farmer went to Alhaji Mumuni Haruna.

The best Market Woman went to Joana Painstil, while Best Rabbit Farmer went to Emmanuel Quainoo, of EMMASCO Farms.

The Best Grass cutter farmer went to Mrs Stephan Kankam Yeboah of SKY-KAN farms, whereas the Best Environmentalist went to Mr Emmanuel Kingsley Appiah, Zoologist.

The Best Goat farmer went to Mr Osei Mireku, and the Best Meat Processor went to Shadrack Azangweo of Apple Jack Farms.

The Best Vegetable Farmer went to Huudi Ali, while McTetteh Farms, took the position of Best Cattle Farmer.

In the category of Best Fruit Processor, Ongavo Farms emerged the winners.

Mr Aristo Aryee, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) said, the theme: ?Eat What We Grow,? for the 2014 farmers? day celebration was vey appropriate and encouraged Ghanaians ?to appreciate, celebrate and eat what we grow in our country?.

He said, ?Ghana is endowed with diversified food types such as cereals, roots and tubers, vegetables, fruits and livestock all produced locally which are sufficient to provide our nutritional requirements

The MCE advised that Ghanaians that ?what we just need, is to hygienically package those foods produced in the country, and attractively present and make them available in sufficient quantities all year round at affordable prices?.

?One would admit that some of these locally produced foods are not produced in sufficient quantities. There is always a deficit in rice, poultry products, tomatoes, fish and some other commodities, and the country has no option than to import these items to make up for the shortfall in order to satisfy the growing population,? he added.

Mr Aryee, commended the award winners for distinguishing themselves, and urged them to share their vital experiences with their colleague farmers so that they could also excel and produce more food for the nation next year.

Ms Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Member of Parliament, Weija, also emphasised the appropriateness of the theme saying: ?I am very interested in the theme, because I think it is very important. Most of us have left healthy eating; the natural foods we grow here, and rather eat processed food.?

Ms Botchway, advised that the physically challenged should also be included in the community?s farming activities, adding, ?so that ?once we?re able to grow enough; we?ll be able to feed ourselves; in order for us to stop patronising these foods that are not natural?.

The overall best farmer expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture for giving her technical support when she began farming.



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