Cashew Farmers
Cashew Farmers

Sixty-nine (69) year old Isaac Ofosu-Otu has been adjudged the overall best farmer in the Amansie West District.

For his prize, he took home a tricycle, knapsack sprayer, wellington boots, cutlasses and a certificate.

This was at the celebration of this year’s farmers’ day held at Manso-Akropong under the theme “Planting for food and jobs”.

Sixteen (16) other farmers were also recognized for their strong contribution to the growth of the area’s agriculture.

Mr. William Bediako Asante, the District Chief Executive (DCE), said increasing agricultural production was a major priority on the government’s agenda.

It was determined to give every needed support to farmers to substantially raise crop yield and transform their living conditions.

He said this was evident from its introduction of various interventions – building of warehouses to reduce post-harvest losses, supply of quality seeds and other inputs.

He encouraged the youth to take to farming, telling them that, it was a rewarding business.

Mr. Edward Boamah, the District Director of Agriculture, identified illegal gold mining as a major threat to food security in the area and rallied the people to back the fight to stop the destructive activities of the miners.

He said the destruction of wetlands and water bodies that supported rice and vegetable cultivation could not continue.

Nana Kwame Odei Nketia III, chief of Manso-Akropong, appealed to the district assembly to take steps to rehabilitate a market in the community.
GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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