Member of Parliament for Gomoa Central, Hon. Naana Eyiah who doubles as a Deputy Minister for Interior has reiterated government's commitment to improve agriculture through prudent measures and policies to make it attractive to the youth.
According to her, Planting for Food and Jobs, Planting for Export and Rural Development as well as the provision of numerous farm inputs and equipment for mechanized farming has improved crop production.
Hon. Naana Eyiah said this at the 39th Annual National Farmer's Day celebration held at Gomoa Afransi in the Gomoa Central District to celebrate gallant farmers for their massive contribution to food sufficiency in the country.
A 37-year-old, Mr. Job Keitu from Gomoa Manso won the District Best Farmer award. Mr. Samuel Egyir received the District Best Youth Farmer award while Mr. Joseph Kofi Donkor, former Assembly Member for Gomoa Benso Electoral Area received the District Best Crop Farmer award. They got various farming inputs and home appliances as their prize package to motivate them and encourage others to emulate.
Hon. Naana Eyiah who chaired the occasion lauded gallant farmers in her constituency especially the females who received various awards pledging to spearhead agricultural development in the constituency.
Gomoa Central District Chief Executive, Hon Benjamin Kojo Otto noted that the Gomoa Central District Assembly has benefited immensely from the supply of farming inputs for farmers which has contributed to food sufficiency despite climate change.
He stated that Agriculture remains the cornerstone of the development of Ghana "so agriculture cannot be denied when it comes to socio-economic development hence the need to improve the farming industry to attract and create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed people in the country."
He stressed, "Through prudent measures and policies, there are enough Extension Officers to assist farmers to expand their farms and to use modernized methods of farming thereby producing enough to feed their families and the country as a whole.
"I want to appreciate the effort of our Member of Parliament, Hon. Naana Eyiah for her immense contribution who has raised the number of registered farmers to over 19,000 of which 8,000 are females.
"The Assembly through the Agriculture department has supplied cutlasses, fertilizers, pesticides, wellington booths and others to our farmers to facilitate their work. We will continue to support them to expand their farms."
The Gomoa Central District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Richard Marcus Odame while commending the award winners for their dedication and commitment to the development of Agriculture in the District noted that his outfit would continue to work with them to improve food and cash crop production.
"I sometimes wonder if people through politics or their self imagination say Ghana will soon run out of enough food to feed itself due to the government's poor policies on farming.
"It is an open secret that foodstuffs are abandoned across various communities and in our market centers. Government through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is supporting farmers economically, why am I saying so?
"In Gomoa Central District alone, we supplied over 8,000 free coconut seedlings and 85,000 oil palm seedlings last year. We have been able to increase free oil palm seedlings from 85,000 to 93,000. This is automatic financial support to farmers.
"It is worthy to note that Gomoa Central is counted as one of the pillars of agriculture and the epitome of human development as far as agricultural growth is concerned.
"People are trooping to our offices on a daily basis requesting for more free seedlings to expand their farms. We are extremely happy with this development and remain grateful to our workaholic Member of Parliament Hon. Naana Eyiah and our District Chief, Hon. Benjamin Kojo Otto for supporting the growth of agriculture in the Gomoa Central District," Mr. Odame emphasised.