Farmers’ Day: Asuogyaman District in Feverish Preparations

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As all 216 districts across the country put finishing touches to feverish preparations ahead of the 33rd National Farmers Day celebrations, Director for Agric at the Asuogyaman District, Mr. David Dokli is confident that the Asuogyaman district is not going to be left out of the story.

He has given a strong assurance de that the district is intensely preparing towards the Farmers Day Celebrations.

While Mr. Dokli pointed out that the assembly has shortlisted a number of farmers for the awards, he has appealed to corporate bodies to support this year’s farmers’ day celebration.

“The assembly has shortlisted 48 farmers for various awards as the planning committee continues to put all measures in place to ensure a successful event.  We are therefore appealing for funds to support the celebration so that the quest to reward farmers does not fall on the district assembly only,” he solicited.

He however acknowledged the contributions of some benevolent companies which supported the efforts to award the hardworking farmers.

The Agric Director further urged the farmers to work with the extension agents or officers to monitor the agronomic practices in agriculture and practice same on their various farms.

Record keeping

Mr. Dokli did not leave out record keeping which he said farmers must practice during planting and harvesting, adding that it was an important practice for farmers to undertake.

He also called on them to diversify their production by growing different types of crops such as cassava, maize, plantain, cocoyam or even livestock rearing such as poultry, cattle, goats, sheep, etc.

Award criteria

In the run up to the 33rd Farmers’ Day Preparations, the Asuogyaman Agric Director indicated that farmers were being subjected to series of interviews and farm inspections of farmers in the district. He however pointed out that record keeping was not the only criteria used in selecting award winners, stressing that other criteria also come into play which goes into determining an award winner.

He also dispelled rumours that rich farmers were always targeted for the awards, adding that only those who met the criteria were awarded.

“The awards are not for the rich farmers alone but can be awarded to any farmer irrespective of their status; rich or poor.  If you can produce foods and see farming as a business, then you stand a chance of winning,” he insisted.

The Asuogyaman District Celebrated the last farmers’ day at Adekope while the 2017 celebrations will be held at Adjena.

Agriculture is predominantly on small holder basis in the District. About 90% of the farm holdings are less than 3 acres (1.2 ha) although there are some large farms and plantations particularly for mango and banana.

The main system of farming is traditional slash and burn, with the hoe and cutlass as the main farming tools.

Source: mynewsghana.com//Michael Oberteye//michael_teye@yahoo.com

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