Mr Richmond Kyei Baffour from Akotoshie has been adjudged the Overall Best Farmer for Ga West Municipality of the 2019 Farmers Day celebration at Adjen Kotoku, near Amasaman in the Greater Accra Region.

He received a tricycle, knapsack spraying machine, fridge, wellington boots and agro-chemicals as his award.

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Mr Clement Nii Lamptey Wilkson, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in an address said there was the need to link small-scale agriculture to ready market to help boost agri-business in the country.

He said this could be realised through public-private partnerships, increased public investments in research and extension systems and development-oriented local governance.

Mr Wilkson said the government’s vision was to change the phase of agriculture from subsistence level, slow growth, low productivity, weak financial support, and high post-harvest losses into a technology and agri-business driven.

He said this would make agriculture more lucrative and provide sustainable avenue for employment and investment to Ghanaians.

The MCE said in view of this, the government rolled out many interventions through the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), which served as a vehicle to support small-scale farmers to increase food production, productivity and agri-business.

He mentioned the programmes as Planting for Food and Jobs, Rearing for Food and Jobs, and Planting for Export and Rural Development.

He said under the Planting for Food and Jobs 285 farmers in the municipality benefited from the programme and were promoting growth in food production and job creation, while the Department of Agriculture distributed 642 cockerels to 109 small-scale farmers for rearing.

He said the Department through its annual budget raised and distributed 500 mango seedlings under the Planting for Export and Rural Development.

Madam Angelina Owusua Ansah, the Municipal Agricultural Director said the Department would continue to give farmers education to increase food production and to create jobs, especially for the youth.

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