From Samuel Mensah Torbizo,Akokofe
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region, Madam Veronica Antwi-Agyei, has observed that there was the need for cogent measures to tackle the ever increasing issues of farm lands degradation in the country.
She said, the desire by the country to be self sufficient in agricultural production could be realized if, problems like illegal mining ,the felling of tree by chain saw operators, bush fires and bad farming practices, were dealt with.
These negative acts, according to her were not only crumpling food and cash crops production, but were equally having devastating effects on the eco system.
The DCE, made these observations when she addressed a durbar of chiefs, farmers and people at Akokofe to mark this year’s Farmer’s Day in the district.
The thirtieth edition of the day, was under the theme, “Eat what we grow”.
Madma Antwi-Agyei, cautioned that the Assembly would deal ruthlessly with persons who are found to be engaging in illegal mining and unauthorized chainsaw
She called on the farmers to strictly adhere to modern farming practices to increase their yields.
“Using modern farming practices would not only help us as a country to produce enough but it also geared towards judicious use of farm lands,” she said.
Madam Antwi-Agyei, called for enough supports to be given to the research and extension personnel to enable them to come out with more high yielding animal breeds and crop varieties that can favourably compete with the imported products .
She hinted that government have implemented number of policies including, livestock breeding programmes , youth in agriculture, inland rice development project,, fertilizer subsidies, among the others.
Madam Antwi-Agyei, disclosed that since the beginning of this year, the district distributed 7750 bags of fertilizers freely to farmers.
In all, 22 hard working farmers were awarded in different categories with, Mr. Massawu Mohammed, adjudged the best district farmer.