Farmers and fishers in the country will be honoured today at the 39th National Farmers’ Day celebration.
This year’s celebration, on the theme: “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilence”, will decorate the best players in the industry at an awards night at the University of Mines and Technology in Tarkwa in the Western region.
The grand event, to be graced by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, was preceded by a five-day Agricultural Fair within the ministries enclave in Accra.
According to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, farmers and fishermen would receive awards in 15 categories.
The categories are: Overall National Best Farmer, 1st Runner-Up National Best Farmer, 2nd Runner-Up National Best Farmer, National Best Livestock Farmer, National Best Female Farmer, National Best Physically Challenged Farmer, and Overall National Best Fisher.
The rest are National Best Marine Fisher, National Best Inland Fisher, National Best Fisher Farmer, National Best Fish Processor, National Best Cocoa Farmer, National Best Most Promising Young Cocoa Farmer, National Best Most Enterprising Cocoa and Female Farmer, and National Best Shea Nut Picker. There will be regional and district celebration of Farmers’ Day. Nana Yaw Sarpong Sriboe was the 2022 National Best Farmer.
The First National Farmers’ Day was held in Osino, in the Eastern Region, on Friday, December 6, 1985.
It was institutionalised by government in recognition of the vital role farmers and fishermen play in the economy.
The National Best Farmer Prize in 1985 went to Opanin Appiah Dankwa, who took home one Akasanoma Preset Radio, a pair of Wellington boots, two cutlasses, tuna flakes, oil, and rice, among others.