Mr Ibrahim Baidoo, the Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive, has said government would continue to put in place right policies to ensure that the agriculture sector grows.
He said by so doing, the government would be raising productive income and create more jobs for the teaming youthful population.
Mr Baidoo gave the assurance when he addressed the Farmers Day celebration at Ashaiman organised by the Municipal Assembly.
This year’s event was held under the theme: “Agriculture, A Business Response to Economic Growth.”
Farmers Day is a national day set aside yearly to give recognition to farmers and fishermen, to motivate and support them and share relevant information on appropriate technologies for a sustainable food production and security.
Mr Abdul Malik Yaba, was the Overall Best Winner of the Ashaiman Municipality for the 2016 Award. His business includes cattle, sheep, guinea fowl and donkeys rearing and this is besides the cultivation of maize and a mango plantation at located at Kordiabe in the Shai-Osudoku District.
He was presented with a pair of Wellington boot, four cutlasses, four bags, a double-door fridge, a flat-screen television, a Knapsack sprayer and a piece of wax print.
Mr Baidoo said it is important appropriate measures are taken to ensure that the agriculture sector becomes attractive to the youth.
“Over the years, it is agriculture which has managed to sustain the country’s economy. But the sector has been left in the hands of the old and aged people. Most of the youth today do not want to go into agriculture,” he noted.
The MCE said the theme for this year underscores the importance of commercial agriculture as a critical factor in the country’s development agenda and there is a strong need for sustainable and responsible investment.
Madam Selina Mensah, a Government Appointee at the Assembly, suggested that the landowners should reserve some of the farmlands for the future generation rather than giving them out to estate developers.
Nii Annan Adzor, the Regent of Ashaiman and the Chairman for the occasion, expressed gratitude to the farmers for their hard work and in ensuring they produce to meet the needs of the nation.
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