BY: Martin Thompson Ntem (MTN)
Mabel Akoto Kudjoe from Hohoe in the Volta Region was named first runner-up at the 33rd National Farmers Day celebration at the Heroes Park in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, which was under the theme, ‘Farming for food and jobs’.
Madam Mabel comes second to a Brong Ahafo Region-based farmer, Philip Kweku Agyeman while Rebecca Ann Commey from the Greater Accra Region came third.
About 90 farmers were honoured at the event as well as several others across the country.
President Nana Akufo-Addo was present at the ceremony and was accompanied by a number of his ministers and appointees.
In his address, he noted that agriculture was seen to be on the brink of collapse as evidenced by its declining contributions to GDP but added that his government was working to turn around the fortunes of Ghana’s once vibrant sector.
The agriculture sector, which has been the mainstay of Ghana’s economy for years, currently contributes only 22 percent to the country’s GDP.
The sector has seen declining investments over the years but President Akufo-Addo said “we can and we should overcome these problems if we keep our focus, ensure efficient and effective implementation of policies and programmes, and fully rally behind the government to give agriculture the decisive impulse it needs to take its pride of place once again.” he said
The National Farmers’ Day celebration which comes off on the first Friday of December every year was established by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 1988, to honour the nation’s hardworking farmers.