Speech read by Mr. Daniel Boadu(Municipal Agric Director Lekma).News, Uncategorized — December 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm Print This Post | Email This Post
Hon. Member of Parliament
Hon. Municipal Chief Executive
Hon. Assembly Members
Our Gallant Farmers and Fisher Folks
Once again we have gathered here to Honour our Hard Working and Gallant Farmers and Fisher Folks. It is common knowledge that without food we will all perish. This underscores the importance of Farmers and Fisher Folks in ensuring our Food Security.
The theme for this year’s Farmers’ Day Celebration is “GROW MORE FOOD”. The theme is apt because we have to adequately nourish our Increasing Population and the only way to achieve this is to increase Food Production and Productivity through the adoption of Modern Technologies in farming.
MADU, LEKMA assists farmers and fisher folks in the Municipality through the dissemination
of Agricultural Extension messages and modern farming technologies. The programmes and projects currently being implemented in the Municipality include;
- LDP Credit-In-Kind Scheme
- Cockerel Project
- Alternative Livelihood Programmes; such as
- Mushroom production
- Grasscutter rearing
- Rabbit rearing
- And poultry production under Youth in Agriculture Programme.
Agriculture in the Municipality is constraint basically by the lack of Agricultural Land and Water for irrigation purposes. Each day, parcels of Agricultural Lands are taken over by Estate Developers and the few irrigation points also lack pumping machines.
Mr. Chairman, permit me to ask this question: HOW CAN WE GROW MORE FOOD IN OUR MUNICIPALITY? This is a question we all have to answer. The basic requirement for all production is land. I humbly appeal to our Chiefs and Elders in the Municipality to create land banks for agricultural purposes and to rent these out to farmers yearly. This would yield a lot more income than outright sale of land. In this way we can have large tracts of land to take advantage of Government programmes such as the Youth in Agriculture and the Block Farming Concept. This will create employment for the youth in the Municipality whiles we ensure our food security.
Another way out is to turn to alternative livelihood methods which include back yard Agriculture, that is;
- The growing of Mushrooms;
- Rearing of grasscutter and rabbits;
- Poultry; and
- Small ruminant production.
It is my humble appeal that the Municipal Assembly would reconsider its bye-laws to allow farmers to keep at least twenty (20) small ruminants. The Municipal Assembly should create a fifty (50) acre or more land bank for Agricultural purposes.
The Assembly should enact a law that would compel farmers to house their farm animals. The law should further ensure that these farm animals are monitored when sent for grazing.
It is my humble appeal that a landing beach with cold storage facilities be constructed in the Municipality to help our fisher folks increase their income.
Mr. Chairman, permit me to say a big thank you to our sponsors, especially, Chemco, Tema, Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority and all other sponsors whose names I have not mentioned.
Mr. Chairman, Honourable invited Guests; please join me to say a big Ayekoo to our Gallant Farmers and fisher folks. Nii Tuma Pam Nye Yiwaladoon.
In attendance are:
- Hon. Nii Nortey Dua : Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, MP Ledzokuku.
- Hon. Dr. Quaye Kumah: Deputy Minister for Roads and Highways, MP Krowor.
- Mr. Samuel Pinobin: Teshie Police Commander.
- Gladys Inpery : Nungua Police Commander.
- Slim Opoku Manford: Chief Spt. Kpeshie Divisional Commander.
- Rev. Father Sackitey : Saint Peters Anglican Church Nungua:.
- Rev. E.O. Tettey: Presbyterian Church Barrier( Retired Minister)
- G.H. Dari : Municipal Coordinating Director (LEKMA).