Some farmers in the country have called for better packages in the awards given to them at the National Farmers Day (NFD) celebrations. According to the farmers, the awards given farmers on the day are not commensurate with the immense efforts provided by the farmers in feeding the country as well as the production of raw materials for industrial use.
The farmers who expressed these sentiments in an interview also questioned the basis for certain items presented to award winners on the day, arguing that certain items presented did not come with any value or relevance to the type of work they do. To them, its incomprehensible that a fisherman for instance, as part of his award package is given a knapsack sprayer, cutlasses, and drinks which do not in anyway relate to their activities.
The National Farmers Day celebrated on the first Friday of December each year, is designed to recognize and rewards those who fill the food basket of the nation, the farmers.
However, most farmers, particularly peasant farmers have complained their kind and their efforts and contributions are mostly overlooked for ‘richer farmers.’ They argued that aside the awards mostly being conferred on underserving ‘rich farmers,’ a lot of winners who are only recognized by the name ‘farmer,’ have never practically and physically engaged in the art of farming, arguing that ‘most of them have not handled a cutlass let alone weed a plot.’
The aggrieved farmers also appealed to government not to reward only the award winners but to equally reward all farmers since they all contribute to the sustenance of the country. They contend that every farmer in the country must be given at least one cutlass or fertilizer to improve on their work, since they also produce food which feeds the nation.
The agitated farmers could also not appreciate that farmers who graced such events as the National Farmers’ Day were denied basic provision such as food during refreshments at such events.
The farmers while maintaining that they contribute a chunk to the development of the economy further added that the sector currently employs about 60% of the total work force of the country. They thus called on the organizers of the National Farmers Day Celebrations to repackage the awards given to deserving farmers in order to improve agriculture in the country.
The 33rd National Farmers Day will be celebrated on Friday December 1, 2017 on the theme, ‘’Planting for Food and Jobs’’.
The National Farmer’s Day is commemorated each year on the first Friday of December to honor our gallant farmers and fishers. The event acknowledges the vital position farmers and fishers occupy in the nation’s socio-economic development of the country.
Here, prizes are awarded to deserving farmers and fishers in order of best practices and outputs.
The Ministry has noted with pride the interest shown by some organizations/institutions in agriculture and the linkage they provide to farmers and fishers by ensuring the availability of either credits, inputs for production or processing of produce to reduce post-harvest losses.
Besides, their continuous support of Farmers’ Day has enabled the Ministry to enhance the quality and quantity of prizes presented to the Award Winners.
Source: mynewsghana.com//Michael Oberteye//[email protected]