A 64-year-old farmer, Paul Nsiah, from Abomponiso, has emerged the Best Farmer in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem municipality.
At the celebration of the 2014 edition of the National Farmers' Day at Bonsa, Nsiah was presented with a 32-inch plasma television set, a packet of roofing sheets, as well as a mist blower and a sewing machine.
He also took home four machetes, two pairs of Wellington boots, two shovels, a full piece of wax print, a wheelbarrow, four bags of fertiliser, four plastic chairs, a T-shirt, a certificate and one Rosette badge.
He cultivates cocoa, oil palm, cassava, plantain, maize, beans and vegetables. He has a fish farm. He also breeds goats, local fowls, and is engaged in agro forestry.
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The theme for the celebration was, "Eat What You Grow."
All the district and regional celebrations of the Farmer’s Day, simultaneously took place last Friday ahead of the officially scheduled Friday, December 5, 2014 since the national event takes place at Sefwi Wiawso in the region.
Madam Hannah Wilson, 37, from Tamso, was adjudged the Best Woman Farmer while Ms Dorcas Cudjoe from Agona Wassa also emerged the Best Youth Farmer and were accordingly rewarded for their hard work.
Fifteen other farmers in oil palm, plantain, maize, rice, cassava, sheep, pigs, poultry, vegetables, fish ponds and coconut, among other categories received awards.
Four special awards were conferred on Anglogold Ashanti, Ghana Manganese Company, Nana Atakorah Mensah II and Nana Kofi Ayisi II, the Chiefs of Bonsa No 1 and Bonsa No 2 respectively for their persistent contributions and support towards the organisation of Farmers' Day celebrations and general agricultural production in the municipality.
The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa-Nsuaem, Mrs Christina Kobinah, noted that Ghana imported a lot of food, especially rice and meat products from foreign countries, saying that, "This phenomenon puts a lot of pressure on our local currency."
She was of the view that if Ghanaians ate what was grown in the country, there could be some substantial savings.
Mrs Kobinah said the theme for this year’s celebration was also in line with the President's home-grown policy to promote made-in-Ghana goods.