By Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Tongo, (U/E) Dec. 7, GNA – Mr Anthony Minyella, a retired teacher was on Friday adjudged the best farmer in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region, while 15 other farmers came up in the various categories of awards at the Farmers’ day celebration in Tongo.
Mr Minyella was awarded a tricycle, a pair of wellington boots, two cutlasses one knapsack sprayer and a certificate of honour.
Mr Noah Debalani and Mr Matthew Empalba were the first and second best farmers respectively.
Mr Debalani took home a tricycle, a pair of wellington boots, two cutlasses, one knapsack sprayer and a certificate of honour, while the second runner up received a donkey cart and donkey, two pairs of wellington boots, two cutlasses, one knapsack sprayer and a certificate of honour.
The other farmers who received awards in various areas of cultivation in the District included; Mr Alapaa Aziba, best shea nut picker, Mr Evans Ayariga, best Agroforestry, Mr Eric Kojo Yaro, best maize farmer, Mr Boare Basamzen, best livestock farmer and Mr Batambil Ontubil, best crops farmer.
The rest are; Mr Gawanu Fatawu, best fisherman, Mr Abdul Salam Mohammed, best physically challenged farmer and Mr Godfred Tii Baboremane best agric worker.
They received varied items including; 24-inch flat screen televisions, pairs of wellington boots, cutlasses, half pieces of wax print, knapsack sprayer, bicycle, gas cylinders and burners, and certificates.
The celebration was on the theme, “Enhancing small scale agriculture towards agribusiness development”, and attracted many people, farmers, Chiefs, school children and civil and public workers.
Addressing the gathering, Mr Minyella urged all farmers to work harder and not to be complacent with the high yields they harvested this year, “We should not relax but focus on producing more next year so that we will merit higher awards”.
Mr Matthew Sulemana, the Talensi District Director of MOFA, said the District supported farmers in seven communities, Duusi, Buug, Zoog, Gbeogo, Dapore, Goriko and Awaradone under the Ghana Sustainable Land and Water Management Project on the use of Agroforestry, compost preparation and utilisation, and good agronomic practices.
He said a total of 1,089 farmers, comprising 505 males and 584 females benefitted from the project, while other farmers were supported with improved maize, soya beans and groundnut seeds, fertilizers, equipment for compost preparation, provision of extension services on sustainable agriculture practices and tree seedlings among others.
Mr Sulemana congratulated the farmers for their achievements and cooperation with his outfit, and urged them to go beyond the District to win Regional and National awards to uplift the name of the District.
The farmers exhibited various crops including rare ones such as plantain and cassava, which are cultivated in the valleys where the weather is cooler and soils retain moisture for long periods after rains.