The 34th anniversary of National Farmers’ Day, was celebrated in a jamboree style in the Builsa South district of the Upper East Region, as gallant farmers were entertained with tune of ‘Buili’ local music, amidst cultural display at the CHANSA primary school, the venue for this year’s Builsa south Farmers Day Celebration.
The celebrations and joy, got to the peak, when the District Chief Executive (DCE) took his turn to deliver his key note address.
As expected, Mr Daniel Kwame Gariba, full of joy, articulated what he described as the unprecedented effort of the government under the leadership of President Akuffo Addo, in achieving what he described as ZERO importation of grains.
“In the past, we used to import grains like maize and millet from Burkina Faso and other countries. But this year, we have not imported even one cup of maize, thanks to the implementation of Agricultural improvement policies by His Excellency, Nana Akuffo Addo” He joyfully stated, attracting heavy cheers from the gathering.
As I speak, plans are far advanced, and by the beginning of next year, every district will have ten dams each, as well as two irrigation dams under the New Patriotic Party’s promise Of One Village, One Dam.
“We are posed to satisfy Ghanaians, they should have the trust in us as a government. This is a delivering government” he added.
Mr Gariba, stated among other interventions such as: planting for food and jobs, seeds for farmers, periodic capacity building training for farmers as well as fertilizer subsidy; that has lead to the reduction of fertile prices to the least minimum ever in the history of this country thus making it possible for all farmers to purchase fertilizer at ease. He added that government will soon roll out SAVANA AGRICULTURE PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME that seeks to increase rice production, thus making farming not just lucrative, but attractive.
Under this programme, farm tractors will be provided to farmers so as to reduce if not eliminate the entirely the herculean task that gallant farmers go through before getting their farm lands ploughed. He added that government will be introducing the one district one ware house soon as well as revamping old silos and construction of new ones a crossed the country for storage of farm produce, this he noted will help prevent the annual ritual of farm produce going bad.
LET’S FIGHT BUSH FIRES
Not satisfied with the annual level of food destruction by bush fires, a livid Mr Gariba , called on all to come on board, as far as the fight a against bush fires are concern.
The Builsa south district is noted for it food production and at times, described as the food basket of the north.
Unfortunately, most of the farm produce are been destroyed by bush fires, leading to loss to individual farmers and the nation as a whole.
He called on the youth, opinion leaders and chiefs, to lead in the fight against bush fires.
He was full of praise for the YIWASA chief for his tremendous efforts towards eliminating bush fires within his jurisdiction and called on other chiefs to emulate him.
GUINEA FOWL AWARD
Mr Garib,a encouraged farmers in the district to intensify their efforts in guinea fowl rearing, as the district plans to introduce district best guinea fowl rearing category to award deserving farmers.
He indicated that, this will go along away to create employment to the unemployed youth.
He called on all to take advantage of government flagship programmes, especially the Agricultural development related ones to achieve the nation target of Ghana beyond Aid.
He called on Ghanaians to extent his government tenure, so as to enjoy numerous programmes that the government is rolling out.
He also stated that feeder roads linking farm lands in his district, will be worked on, although he admitted that his district has fewer of such roads.
WE NEED PERIODIC HEALTH CHECK UP
The 42 year old adjudged Builsa south 2018 district best farmer, called on the government to institute free periodic health check up for farmers’ nation wide.
According to Mr Emmanuel Anko, farmers in the country seem to be relegated and the least cared for.
“We labour to feed the nation, but regrettably, we are the least cared for”. He told The Herald, as his joy of winning the district top most farmers award washed away having to recall how the nation have failed to take in to consideration, the health of Farmers.
“If government can periodically initiciate health check up for farmers, it will help us a lot,” he stated.
The District best Agric officer, called on farmers to be observant so as to be able to detect early signs of diseases among ruminants and poultry, noting that early detection placed his department at a better place to curtail epidemics.
Mr Atampugre Mathew, also advised farmers to report when ever they are confronted with strange poultry and ruminant related diseases.
Mr Fuseini Yeji, winner of the physically challenged category, asked Government to help farmers in loan acquisition, lamenting that famers, unlike other government employees, go through a lot of difficulties in loan acquisition. He noted that famers will be relieved of financial burden, if policies could be implemented towards that regard.
Fire service personnel took turn to educate the gathering combating fire.
In all, eight gallant farmers were awarded for their hard work in various categories such as; District best farmer, first and second runner up, district best physically challenged, district best live stock, district best fish monger, best crop farmer, and best Agric worker.
They took home various items ranging from tricycles, motor bikes, donkey cart, wax prints, cutlasses, hoes, knapsack sprayers, fishing nets, radio sets among others.
This year’s event was on the theme” Agriculture: Moving Ghana Beyound Aid”.