A. B. Kafui Kanyi, GNA
Ho, Dec. 02, GNA - The Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) has held a welcome cocktail for this year's best farmers and fishers in Ho ahead of the National Farmers Day celebrations on Friday.
The cocktail offered the about 150 award winners the opportunity to interact and network with industry players to set the tone for the week long celebrations.
The 35th edition of the National Farmers Day slated for Friday, December 6th in Ho, Volta Regional capital is on the theme, "enhancing small scale agriculture towards agribusiness development."
Dr John Kofi Mensah, Managing Director, ADB, re-affirmed the Bank's commitment to give $100,000 to the 2019 National Best Farmer and reminded the award winners that ADB remained the only bank "with full commitment" to the growth of their businesses.
He said ADB had developed products for players in the agricultural value chain including over drafts, short, medium and long term loan facilities, guarantees and lease financing and encouraged farmers and fishers to take advantage of the products.
Dr. Mensah said the Bank also increased its loan portfolio to the agricultural sector to 50 per cent of the Bank's total loan by 2022, attaining 39 per cent in 2019 and asked farmers and fishers to come for more loans.
Dr. Nurah Gyiele, Minister of State for Agriculture commended ADB for its continuous support to the sector and also congratulated the award winners.
Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa, Volta Regional Minister said the Region was happy to be hosting the national event, which he said promised to be the best.
Meanwhile, all is set for the event, to be officially opened by the Vice President Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia at the Ho Jubilee Park on Monday, December, 02.
The event will have a week-long agricultural
exhibition and trade fair with regional days from Monday, December