The Oforikrom Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Gloria Temmah Gambrah has pleaded with the Traditional Leaders and Landowners, to reserve and allocate wetlands or marshy lands in the Municipality for agricultural purposes (especially vegetable production) rather than for physical development.
She acknowledged that Oforikrom Municipality has less farm lands, a situation which has become challenging to farmers hence it was prudent to reserve wetlands to these able farmers who have put in much efforts which was evident in the exhibits presented, for their farming activities.
She made this call during this year’s 36th Farmers Day celebration in the Oforikrom Municipality at Anwomaso M/A Basic School on the theme “Ensuring Agribusiness Development under Covid 19, Opportunities and Challenges”.
Hon. Temmah Gambrah added that the National Farmers’ Day is very relevant because of its significance on the Ghanaian farmer, as it peps them up to do more as the nation strives to achieve total national and individual household food security. According to her, the celebration has also generated a healthy competition among farmers and fishermen as they aspire to catch the attention of the selection committee by adhering to technical advice from the Agricultural Extension Officers.
Speaking on this years’ theme, The Honorable MCE noted that it was very relevant and worthwhile as the upsurge of the pandemic has brought untold hardships to individuals, families and business enterprises; not sparing even bigger economies of the world. With the challenges the whole world is facing as far as the pandemic is concerned, she maintained that it was important to adopt strategies and prudent measures to ensure the successes chalked so far were maintained and improved upon while fighting the pandemic as well.
She however, directed the Municipal Sanitation and Agricultural Department to halt the practice of connecting domestic effluent to streams since most of the vegetables grown are often consumed raw to avoid food poisoning.
Mr. Seth Tekpor, the Municipal Agric Director noted that Agriculture was the backbone of the country since it provides food and shelter for our families and also for export.
Mr. Frederick Naa-Yaro from Kentinkrono was pronounced the Municipal Best Farmer and went home with a Tricycle, Knapsack sprayer, 20 machetes, wellington boots, soft drinks, 6 bars of key soap and a t-shirt. Mr. Charles Owusu from Appiadu-Kokoben went home with a deep freezer, agro chemicals, knapsack sprayer, wellington boots and 20 machetes.
In all 6 farmers and 1 extension officer were awarded.