Anglogold Ashanti Ghana, Obuasi Mine has donated items worth GH¢122,120 to eight districts in the Ashanti Region in support of this year’s National Farmer’s Day celebrations.
The beneficiary districts include the Obuasi Municipal, Obuasi East, Adansi Asokwa, Adansi North, Adansi South, Adansi Akrofuom, Amansie West and Bekwai Municipal.
In a short ceremony to present the items to Agric Directors of the beneficiary districts, the Senior Manager Sustainability, Anglogold Ashanti, Emmanuel Baidoo, said the annual gesture from the company forms part of the Agricultural Development Programme under their Social Management Plan, which was launched in 2019.
Again, Mr. Baidoo emphasised that the donation was to make agriculture attractive and motivate the youth to venture into farming which, he said, is the mainstay of the economy of the country.
“As a company which subscribes to the Sustainable Development Goals, we believe that this gesture from us will go a long way to entice the youth to commercially invest in agriculture.”
He assured that the company is committed to support the food value chain as well as local initiatives that would help diversify the local economy.
This he said would be achieved through a fruitful collaboration with government and all stakeholders with the motive of improving the livelihoods of families in their host communities.
The Bekwai Municipal Agric Director, Emmanuel Mensah, who spoke on behalf of his colleague Agric Directors, lauded Anglogold Ashanti for their donation.
He said Anglogold’s resolve to boost the agriculture sector is highly commendable and worthy of emulation.
He called on other institutions to support agriculture which he termed as the panacea to solve the economic woes of the country.
The items donated by Anglogold Ashanti included 8 (32 LED) TV, 8 Motorized Tricycle or Aboboyaa, 16 Wellington boots (2 pairs), 96 GTP (12 YARDS) Wax Print, 40 bars of Key soap (5 each), 8 Knapsack sprayer, 10 Machete and 8 boxes of Sunphosate Glyphosate Weedicide.
This year’s celebrations is slated for Monday, November 29 to Friday, December 3.
The theme for the 37th National Farmer’s Day celebrations is: ‘Planting for Food and Jobs – Consolidating food system in Ghana’.