Speech Read by Hon. Daniel Amartey Mensah, Municipal Chief Executive (LEKMA)

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Hon. Chairman,

Hon. Members of Parliament,

Municipal Co-ordinating Director,

Heads of Department and Institutions,

Niimei Ke Naamei

Our dedicated Farmers and Fishermen,

Members of the Planning Committee,

Distinguished Invited Guests,

The Press,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am in deed highly honoured for the opportunity offered me to address you on this occasion of the 26th Annual National Farmers Day.

This event represents the occasion set aside by government to honour our gallant Farmers and Fishermen throughout the country for their immense contribution towards food production, food security sustenance.

The Institution of the National Farmers’ Day in 1984 by the PNDC Administration was in recognition of the great sacrifices made by Farmers and Fishermen towards Nation building for generations.

The NDC government under his Excellency, President J. E. A. Mills continues to place high premium on all sectors of Agricultural production.

Hon. Chairman, the theme for this years Farmers’ Day, “GROW MORE FOOD” is appropriately chosen to reflect government’s commitment in addressing simultaneously the issues of food availability, access to food and nutritional problems.

Ladies and Gentlemen, it is greatly appalling that our country is fast becoming a dumping ground for cheap, unwholesome and therefore unsafe food commodities when we can boost local production of these products and retain the foreign exchange used in their importation for sustainable development.

This unfortunate situation does not only put pressure on our hard earned foreign exchange, it also has the potential of squizing local Farmers and Fishermen out of business and also serious health and security implications for the general public.

To help increase food production and security, a number of support programmes are being put in place.

Notable among them are:

  • Heavy subsidies on fertilizer and other agrow chemicals.
  • Increase in the existing food storage capacity to meet the National strategic Food Buffer Stock.
    • Expansion of fingerling production and setting up of feed mills for the production of scientifically formulated fish feed for out growers.
  • Construction of Fishing Harbours and Landing sites along the coast would be pursued with vigor.
  • Facilitation of value addition by placing emphasis on the development of commercially viable products and developing them from their raw state to semi-processed and processed goods for the market.

Hon. Chairman, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, the Assembly on its part is creating the enabling environment for our hard working Fishermen to increase fish production.

In this regard, the Assembly this year  funded the acquisition of fourteen (14) out board motors for fourteen (14) Fishermen and at a total cost of Fourteen Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH¢14,000.00).

In recognition of the contributions from Fishermen in this country, government came out with the Landing Beach committee concept to sanitize and ensure fair distribution of premix fuel to fishermen.


It is common knowledge that the difficulties associate with the distribution of premix fuel until the NDC government took over the reins of administration had become a bane to the growth of the fishing industry.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentleman, our effort to grow more food and achieve food security will yield much results without the active involvement of the Youth.

To this end, government has taken measures to encourage the youth to go into Agriculture and to adopt appropriate, accessible and affordable modern technologies through the Youth in Agriculture Development Programme under the National Youth Employment Programme.

The Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly on its part is creating the enabling environment for every citizen of this Municipality to go about his/her legitimate economic activity without hindrance.

Infrastructural works in road construction, education, health, market, lorry parks among others are currently being undertaken by the Assembly in line with its objective of improving the living standard of the people.

Hon. Chairman, in spite of all these laudable measures put in place to encourage growth in the Agric sector, the sector stills faces serious threats within the Municipality.

These include:

  • Rapid encroachment on our limited farmlands by estate developers which threatens to squeeze out particularly crop farmer within the Municipality.
  • Our inability to develop irrigation system thereby making farming in the Municipality wholly dependant on rainfall.

The alarming effect of climate change on agriculture calls for the development of irrigation system to ensure that farming activities can be carried out all year round.

  • Vulnerability to diseases affecting livestock and poultry in particular by virtue of our location.
  • The rudimentary nature of fishing gear still being used by our fishermen.
  • Poaching by giant foreign fishing vessels on our territorial waters causing extensive damage to our fishing industry and depriving many of their means of livelihood.
  • Unavailability of cold storage facilities particularly for the fishing community thereby making large scale fishing unprofitable and risky.

The relevant institutions are however putting strategies in place to address all these problems.

Hon. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen, at this juncture, I wish to congratulate this year’s Award Winners for their outstanding performance in their chosen fields of endeavour.

The Award we are giving you today is not meant as payment for your sacrifices. This is in recognition and a show of appreciation for your contribution towards National Development.

We hope this Award would propel you towards greater achievement in future.

Hon. Chairman, Hon. Members of Parliament, Distinguish Traditional Leaders, Ladies and Gentlemen, permit me to bring my presentation to a close by encouraging the Youth to take a very keen interest in agriculture in all its forms through the youth in agriculture programme initiated by government.

Necessary support would be given to the youth who are prepared to go into agriculture so as to earn a decent living.

I wish to thank the organizers of this programme for a good work done and to the Award Winners for turning out for this occasion.

I also wish to thank the distinguished Invited Guests for making time to witness this ceremony. We are in deed grateful for this memorable event.

We wish you a successful celebration of the 26th National Farmers’ Day.

Long live Ghana

Long Live Gallant Farmers and Fishermen of Ghana


Thank you.


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