LEKMA HONOURS ITS FARMERS AND FISHER FOLKS

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LEKMA HONOURS ITS FARMERS AND FISHER FOLKS The National Farmers’ Day celebration takes place annually to congratulate and reward farmers and fisher folks for their roles in promoting the economy and improving the way of life of Ghanaians. This year marks 30 years since the inception of the celebration. The theme for this year’s celebration is “EAT WHAT WE GROW”. As usual, the Ledzokuku -Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) honoured some of its deserving farmers and fisher folks. The celebration was held at the Nungua Traditional Authority Park on Friday 5th December 2014. The programme attracted high caliber dignitaries including the Member of Parliament for the Krowor Constituency-Hon. Dr. Quaye Kumah, the Municipal Chief Executive- Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah, the Municipal Coordinating Director-Mrs. Moira Nancy Ewa, some Hon. Assembly Members of LEKMA,

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representatives of both Teshie and Nungua Traditional Councils, heads of the various security agencies, departments and units in the municipality. The Chairman for the occasion, the Paramount Chief of Nungua Traditional Council, His Royal Majesty King Odehekpakpa Odaifio Welentse II in his address, expressed his gratitude to all farmers for their contribution to the national food basket. The Municipal Chief Executive of LEKMA, Honorable Seth Badu, stated in his keynote address that Ghanaians should eat what they grow and avoid the consumption of imported products. According to him, government has taken some steps to ensure its realization by subsidizing the prices of fertilizer, premix fuel, and other farming inputs such as seeds. Again, a livestock development and cockerel projects have been provided to farmers to cross local breeds to get good quality livestock. Also, there exists a 5- year Aqua Culture Development Plan that will promote the rearing of fish inland. He added that LEKMA has also assisted the Agricultural Department by providing them with GH₵3,725 to vaccinate 5,292 sheep and goats in the municipality against diseases. The Assembly has also supported the Department in the treatment of worms and wounds of about 490 pets and livestock. The Agricultural Director, Mr. Daniel Boadu, in his welcome address congratulated all farmers, fisher folks and all those involved in agricultural production for the roles they play in ensuring we are all fed. He also added that Ghanaians should patronize made in Ghana products such as local rice and poultry in other to solve the unemployment problem in the country. He stated that the Department of Agriculture has also introduced drip irrigation into the municipality to enable residents produce most of the vegetables at home. According to him, as part of promoting the utilization of locally grown foods, Women in Agriculture Development (WIAD) unit of the Agricultural Department has trained 70 women on the processing of soy into different food products such as soya milk and soya khebab, this initiative is to improve household nutrition and curb protein energy (PE) malnutrition particularly among children under 5 years. There was an inspection of exhibits by the MCE and other dignitaries. These exhibits were mostly farm products that were produced locally by the farmers. They include fruits and vegetables, fish, mushrooms, palm oil, coconut cookies and many more. The winner for last year’s Best Farmer Award, Mr. Jacob Mensah Mensah advised all farmers to be determined and never give up in other to achieve their goals. A total of 16 farmers received prizes in the various categories, namely, Best Poultry Farmer, Best Alternative Livelihood Farmer, Best Small Ruminant Farmer, Best Teshie and Nungua Fish Processors, Best Exotic Vegetable and so on. The overall Best Farmer Award was given to Mr. Bortey Bortieh Appler. Mr. Appler is a 59 year old fisherman who is married with 15 children. He owns three canoes and has 45 crew members; he makes an average catch of 60 crates per day. Also, he keeps up to date records. As part of his social responsibilities, he settles disputes in the community. He also sells his fish at competitive prices. Mr. Appler has good working relationship with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and Fisheries staff. He received a certificate, one wax print, a hamper containing assorted items, fishing net (186/2), twine and a float. The Member of Parliament for Krowor Constituency, Hon. Dr. Quaye Kumah and Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah jointly presented the award of the Municipal Best Farmer to Mr. Appler. The 2014 Municipal Best Farmer, Mr. Appler, thanked God for his life and also for the lives of all those who were present at the celebration. He added that even though it was not easy, he never gave up and that is how come he has been able to receive the award. Other award winners include Mr. Samuel Bortey who received the award for best MOFA staff. He also received a certificate, wax print, hamper, gas burner and a cylinder. Madam Atswei Adjetey also won the award for the best Teshie Fish Processor. She took away a certificate, a wax print, hamper, wire mesh-chicken and aluminum bowls. The programe was ended by a closing remark by the Chairman who urged all present to purchase and eat made in Ghana products and also advised that we should all make it a point to plant few crops in our homes in other to reduce the importation of these products. 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