The 2023 Farmers’ Day Celebration for the Kwahu Afram Plains South district has been held in Tease, the district capital. The occasion which was held at the Tease New Market on the 1st of December, 2023, was witnessed by the District Chief Executive for the Kwahu Afram Plains District, Hon. Evans Kyei-Ntiri, former district chief executives of the district, chiefs and traditional leaders of the Kwahu Afram Plains South traditional area, farmers and the general public.

DCE and other dignitaries at the ceremony
Traditional leaders present at the farmers’ day celebration
The crowd gathered at the grounds

In his address, the DCE for the Kwahu Afram Plains South District, Hon. Evans Kyei-Ntiri, congratulated the farmers and the fisher folks for their efforts and hardwork in feeding the people of Afram Plains South and Ghana as a whole. Stressing on the theme “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security ans Resilience”, he emphasized on the need for smart ways to increase production, agro processing , packaging, labelling, branding and certification at the local and national levels. He highlighted the potential of the district which has led to the development of private investments notably Twin Rock at Tinorgah, a Chinese company at Asenyansu and KADD Integrated Farm at Takoratwene.

Hon. Kyei-Ntiri lauded the Planting for Food and Jobs Phase 2 (PFJ 2.0) which seeks to harness the benefits of economies of scale , promote the adoption of technology for efficiency and standardization for large scale commercial agriculture. Accordingly, 15 anchor farmers and 500 out-growers in 5 regions will be selected to produce 65,000mt of broilers in 2024. On Ghana Landscape Restoration and small-scale mining project (GLSSMP), the DCE stated that the project had supported 499 beneficiary farmers to date in 10 communities with additional 7 communities to benefit in 2024. In addition, 20,000 cashew seedlings had been established at Kwasi Addae to be distributed free of charge to interested farmers and 202 beneficiaries( 94 males and 108 females) had been enrolled to establish 25-acres of cashew plantation in 3 communities, ie. Kwasi Addae, Koranteng and Bonkrom, under the Ghana Productive Safety Net Project (GPSNP).

DCE addressing the gathering

To tackle fall army worms, the DCE stated that 405 farmers, as at the end of October,had been supplied free chemicals to manage 512 hectares of maize farms. He encouraged cattle owners to patronise the Wawase Cattle Ranch and take part in the registration of all cattle owners and their cattle.

In concluding , Hon. Kyei-Ntiri emphasized on the need to prevent the annual bushfires as the dry season approaches. He assured of the Assembly’s support for farmers and encouraged partnership between the Assembly and businessmen and women for economic development.

For the awards, Nana Asante Dankwa emerged the overall best district farmer for 2023. He received numerous items as his reward including a motorcycle, some chemicals and farming equipment. Nana Asante Dankwa’s farm is located at Forifori. Madam Ajara Mohammed was adjudged the best district female farmer for 2023. For her award, she received a refridgerator, some chemicals and farming equipment.

Nana Asante Dankwa receiving his award for best farmer
Some of the items presented to winners
Ajara Mohammed, best female farmer

The occasion was also used to show appreciation to some members of the district assembly who had served the district diligently in their service. These include Mr. Godsway Kofi Opoku who was adjudged the best extension officer for the year 2023 and Mr. Moses Banfo, the outgoing District Director of Agriculture.

Mr. Godsway Opoku receiving his award for the best extension officer
Mr. Moses Bamfo receiving a citation for his service.

The occasion was used to showcase some of the crops and produce that farmers had cultivated throughout the year. These included plantain, maize, cassava, tomatoes, pepper, water melon and varieties of grains and cereals.

Some of the produce exhibited at the grounds
Produce exhibited at the celebration