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Cultural display, agric exhibition spice up 37th National Farmers Day in Cape Coast

By Nana Oye Gyimah
Agriculture Cultural display, agric exhibition spice up 37th National Farmers Day in Cape Coast
DEC 2, 2021 LISTEN

A colorful cultural display and agricultural fair have characterized the 37th edition of the National Famers Day celebration in Cape Coast.

The day is celebrated each year to recognize the efforts and handwork of gallant farmers and fishermen who through their toil adds to the food security and raises high the level of the Ghanaian economy.

As a prelude to welcome the main event on Friday, December 3, the Central, Eastern, Western North, Northern and Bono Regions were presented the opportunity to showcase their rich culture and agro produces.

Cultural tropes representing these Regions identified themselves with beautiful traditional wear spiced with good music and dance.

There were also exhibition stands put up for all five Regions to showcase their quality farm produce

In front of some Regional stands were displays of eggs, yam, cocoyam, plantains, cassava, garden eggs, fruits, cowpea, smoked fish, and a host of others.

The event saw human and vehicular traffic as people trooped in and out while vehicles offload farm produce.

The occasion was collectively organised by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture , Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Central Regional Coordinating Council (CRCC) under the theme, “Planting for Food and Jobs: Consolidating Ghana’s Food Systems”.

In attendance were traditional leaders, Metropolitan Municipality and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), Regional and Sector Ministers.

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister said the success of farmers have been achieved due to the favourable environment created by government under the planting for food and Jobs and other agricultural interventions.

She said the theme for this years celebration was appropriate and timely because there was the need to continue to merge food systems to be able to produce enough to feed the growing population and export the excess for foreign exchange.

She commended farmers for their priceless contribution to the agricultural sector and national development in totality.

Chairing the event, Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, Omanhen of the Oguaa Traditional Area said agriculture was by far the single important economic activity which provides employment for about two thirds of Ghana's working population.

He said it contributes an average of 30 to 60 per cent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about 30 percent of the value of export.

He urged farmers to keep up their good works and not be shaken by their challenges adding that their hard work had continued to sustain livelihood.

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