EFFIA KWESIMINTIM MUNICIPAL ASSEMBLY HOLDS ITS FARMERS DAY CELEBRATION

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The Effia – Kwesimintim Municipal Assembly (E.K.M.A), Takoradi, on the 6th of November, 2020 joined the Nation to celebrate the 36th Farmers’ Day celebration at Ekutufum, Effia.
The grand occasion was the first of its kind to be held in the community since its inception, to honor farmers. It was under the theme’ “Ensuring Agribusiness Development under Covid 19, opportunities and challenges”.
In his welcoming address, the Municipal Agriculture Officer, Mr. Fredrick Ansah, acknowledged Farmers’ ability in providing food stuffs for the country sole handedly during corona virus pandemic which led to the closure of borders and ports.
He advised urban dwellers and institutions to venture into backyard and institutional farming respectively, to ensure that there’s enough farm produce to feed on.
Addressing the gathering, the Municipal Chief Executive (M.C.E) of Effia Kwesimintim Municipal Assembly, Hon. Kojo Acquah in his speech congratulated all gallant famers in their quest to feed Ghanaians even in the corona era.
He revealed that the award scheme has improved significantly to boost the morale of the farmers to produce more food stuffs.
‘This year E.KM.A held her celebration at Effia and promise it will rotate in all the communities so our gallant farmers will be appreciated for their effort towards the nations baskets, and also to help bring development in all the communities’.
The M.C.E who doubles as the Chairman for Municipal Security Committee (MUSEC), said that his outfit would provide maximum security during and after elections to ensure peace within the municipality.
In appreciation, Honorable Kojo Acquah, acknowledged the chief of Assakae Nana Kojo Asante II of his tremendous support to the Agriculture sector, he stated ‘The chief of Assakae has given us free plots of land to plant about 2,500 coconut seedlings and 3,000 palm seedling for income’. He added that though the district is nearly an island there’s enough land to produce food for consumption and export.

In his speech, the Director of National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NACA) and Parliamentary candidate for Kwesimintim, Dr. Prince Hamid Armah announced that, farming has been added to the new Educational Curriculum to inculcate farming into the youth.
He promised that when he’s voted into power, he would assist farmers in their field of work, he added, “I would add value to farm produce so that we would be able to export goods that has been processed for more income’
He also donated a motorcycle to the second (2nd) runner up, municipal best farmer, youth, Mr. Kwabena Zaatoe Bonfolano.
Honorable Joseph Mensah, Member of Parliament for kwesimintim and Honorable Joseph Cudjoe, Member of Parliament for Effia Constituency and Deputy Minister of Energy, donated a tricycle each, to support the Farmers’ day celebrations.
The emerging winner, overall Municipal Best Farmer, Mr. Francis Godfrey Ansah, 65 years, who hails from Whindo, has 30 years’ experience in farming, he possess 25 acres of palm, 8 acres of orange, 5 coconut acres , 4 acres of pineapple,3 acres of plantain, 7 acres of cassava, 2 acres of okro, 3 acres of peper, tomatoes and cocoyam, 2 acres of ayoyo, 120 local birds, 20 sheep and 22 goat, was rewarded with one tricycle, a bag of NPK fertilizer and lime, I certificate, 10 cutlasses, 5 wellington boots , a USB\SD player and a box of weedicides.
The chairperson for the 36th farmers’ day celebration, Nana Kojo Amo, said farming is the backbone of all nations.
He therefore expressed gratitude to H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akkufo Addo for improving on agriculture sector by initiating planting for food and job and entreated the youth to take farming as a lucrative business.
However, he expressed worry on the populace not wearing the nose mask as part of the measures to curb the spread of the corona virus protocols since we are still in the pandemic.
Some companies which sponsored the 36th farmers day were, Yara Ghana, Western tile, RHOE, Rehoboth, Rabbittary, Goshen Global.

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