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Dei Titi flanked by other award winners at Tetekasum and some food stuffs exhibited during the celebration.

THE SUHUM Municipal Assembly has crowned Dei Titi, a 54-year-old farmer as the municipal best farmer during the farmers? day celebration at Tetekasum near Suhum in the Eastern Region.

Dei Titi was honoured alongside some 14 others.

The chief farmer had been in the farming business for the past 31 years.
He is married to Mary Titi with nine children.

His farm ranges from livestock, food crops to cash crops like cocoa.
He has 30 acres of cocoa, 17 acres of citrus, 15 acres of oil palm, 10 acres of plantain, 2 acres of cocoyam, 1 acre of cassava, 5 acres of maize, 3 acres of okro, 23 goats and sheep, 84 herd of cattle, local and poultry birds, 100.

Dei Titi has five permanent workers and employs the services of casuals whenever the need arises.

He appealed to the government to help give soft loans to farmers to enable them to expand their business to ensure food security.

The Municipal Chief Executive, Samuel Fleischer-Kwabi, said research showed that 25 percent to 45 percent of agricultural produce go waste annually as a result of post-harvest losses of both perishable and non-perishable produce.

He noted that a reduction in the phenomenon would, therefore, increase food availability for consumption, stressing the need for stakeholders to join forces with government to address the issue to ensure food security.

New Juaben

In another development, about 20 people, mainly youth, had also been rewarded for their various efforts in agriculture with Guggisberg Tye emerging as the New Juaben Municipal best farmer.
The MCE of New Juaben, Dr Kwaku Owusu-Acheampong, noted that poor transportation, bad roads and mishandling of produce contributed to post-harvest losses.

He mentioned the lack of ready market and good prices for produce as some of the challenges being faced by farmers, and promised government?s preparedness to ensure reduction in post-harvest losses.
The Chief of Oyoko, Nana Kodua Kesi II, who chaired the New Juaben Municipal farmers? day celebration called on government to assist the youth who had taken farming as a trade to motivate them and also to attract more youth into farming.

He said he was highly impressed by the number of youth who were awarded as part of the farmers? day in New Juaben.

Their prizes included mattresses, sewing machines, machetes, insecticides, amongst others.

From Rocklyn Antonio, Tetekasum

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