BEATRICE GIDIMADZOR ADJUDGED LEKMA’S BEST FARMER 2016

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BEATRICE GIDIMADZOR ADJUDGED LEKMA’S BEST FARMER 2016
The Ledzokuku Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) has marked the 32nd National Farmers’ Day celebration at the Nungua Town Park. The event saw Madam Beatrice Gidimadzor named the Best Municipal Farmer for the year 2016.

The first Friday of December each year is set aside to honour our farmers and fisher folks for their immense contribution to Ghana’s gross domestic product and also for feeding the entire population. It is a day for reflection on the challenges and prospects of the Agriculture industry since it is the back bone of the economy. This year’s celebration took place on Friday, November 4th, 2016 instead of Friday, December 2nd, 2016 due to the impending national elections on December 7th.

The ceremony was attended by the Municipal Chief Executive – Hon. Seth Badu Tawiah, the Municipal Coordinating Director – Kodjoe Dekpo, the Parliamentary Candidates of the NDC and NPP for the Krowor Constituency, Agnes Naa Momo Lartey and Elizabeth Afoley Quaye respectively, heads of the various security services in the Municipality. Also present were representatives from the Traditional Councils, heads departments of the Assembly and Hon. Assembly Members of LEKMA. The press and students were not left out.

Patrons of the ceremony were treated to traditional cultural performance by the Saha African Cultural Dance group. Also on display were farm produce by some farmers from the Municipality.

This year’s celebrations was under the theme “Agriculture; A Business Response to Economic Growth’’. In an address delivered by the Municipal Chief Executive, he said “the Agriculture sector which has been the back bone of the nation will continue to receive the necessary support from the government in order to promote economic development.” He added that the Agriculture Department of the Assembly in partnership with government has implemented the Anti- Rabies campaign which is carried out annually at the Veterinary Unit within the Department. He further appealed to the general public about the need to get their pets including dogs, cats and monkeys vaccinated against rabies.

Hon. Badu Tawiah in his speech mentioned an ongoing project at LEKMA known as the Livestock Development Project (LDP). This he said is an initiative by the Assembly with support from government with improved breeds of ruminants which with time will give livestock farmers different breeds of ruminants to choose from. He said, a total number of five hundred and twenty-one (521) sheep have been distributed to fifty-eight (58) beneficiary farmers, made up of forty-three (43) females and fifteen (15) males throughout the Municipality. The MCE revealed how one of the award winners has increased his stock to twenty-three (23) sheep from a humble number of five (5).

In all, twenty-two (22) awards were given to deserving farmers and fishermen, seventeen (17) farmers, (4) traders and a staff from the Agriculture Department of the Assembly. The overall Best Farmer, Madam Beatrice Gidimadzor was presented with a certificate and a number of items which include, knapsack, bicycle, hamper, liquid fertilizer, wheat bran, wheel barrow, roofing sheet, wax print, wellington boots, a night with her partner at OAK Plaza Hotel and other items. The other award winning farmers and fishermen also received similar items.

Madam Gidimadzor has 5 acres of okro, 3 acres of tomatoes, 3 acres of maize, 1 acre of pepper, 20 goats and 100 cockerels.

Madam Monica Opoku received the Best Agriculture Worker Award. She has worked with the Ministry of Agriculture for twelve (12) years and LEKMA Agriculture Department for eight (8) years. Monica has also authored a book titled, “Factors Influencing Successful Introduction of New Roots and Tuber Crops for Food Security in West Africa: Cases of Benin and Ghana”. She was awarded with a certificate, wax print, hamper, key soap bars, overall coat and other items.
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