More Boost For 1D1F In 2020 …As ONMA Marks Maiden Farmers Day
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA), Nii Boye Laryea says the government will further boost the gains chalked by the One District One Factory (1D1F) program next year.
According him, the government’s strategy of linking agriculture to industry under the program would be aggressively pursued in 2020.
Stressing that ONMA will not be left out in this drive; he stated that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government will continue to work hard to ensure that agriculture regains its pride of place in the sub-region while farmers and fishermen are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.
Mr. Laryea made the disclosure at ONMA’s maiden celebration of the 35th National Farmers Day in Accra on the theme: “Enhancing Small Scale Agriculture Towards Agribusiness Development” on Friday.
He noted that the theme for the celebration was not only timely but also reinforces the need to bring agriculture to the teeming youth population in the Municipality as a means of livelihood to them.
ONMA’s Department of Agric, he said is currently implementing the planting for food and jobs adding that the “Department is doing a great job reaching out to farmers in a much better way we ever anticipated.”
Mr. Laryea, himself a former farmer stated that as part of efforts to make agriculture attractive and sustainable in the Municipality, both the youth and adults are encouraged to venture into Home Gardening which covers both crop and animal production.
The Assembly’s Acting Head of Department of Agric, Carl Cudjoe Takpuie said the theme for the celebration perfectly suits the prevailing conditions in the Municipality in terms of Agriculture.
He decried the unavailability of lands for farming activities in the Municipality.
“…But we, as a Department, are here to prove that even the 6 by 6 ft space in front of your paved house is a farmland that can generate an unimaginable income for you and your family. We have managed to convince over 500 residents to use every available space in their backyard to grow vegetables, Cereals, Mushroom and rear Rabbits, Poultry, Goats and Sheep right here in the Municipality”.
Mr. Takpuie averred that all the farmers awarded at the event are a clear evidence of what the Assembly is trying to achieve in the Municipality.
ONMA’s Acting Head of Agric for this reason noted: “it will interest you to know that a farmer, who incidentally is seated here, with the supervision of the Department turned his backyard into a cassava farm and is able to make GH¢12,00 from the proceeds, our action driven MCE, took the initiative for the department to venture into Snail Farming at the back of the Municipal Office Complex and I can confidently report that with an initial breeding stock of just 45 Snails brought in May this year, we have over 500 young Snails today. The evidence is there for you to see.”
Chairman for the occasion, Nii Boi IV, Chief of Abeka urged the farmers to continue with their hard work.
In all ten farmers who excelled in their various fields of farming were awarded various prizes in recognition of their hard work with Chief Inspector Anthony Avarlifo, the Station Officer of the Mile 7 Police Station in Accra emerging the overall best farmer for the year 2019.
He drove away a brand new Tricycle, known in the Ghanaian parlance as “Abobo Yaa”; a pair of Wellington Boot, a Rain Coat, a Knapsack sprayer and one Cutlass as well as a Certificate of recognition.