Operators in the hospitality industry in the Upper West Regional capital of Wa have been overwhelmed by the influx of people from all over the country to celebrate today's Farmers Day in the town.
The visitors started pouring in from last Wednesday and they have been moving around the municipality in search of decent accommodation.
A visit to some of the main hotels in the municipality, such as the Upland Hotel, the Tiegber Catholic Guest House and the In-Service Training Centre, and revealed that almost all the rooms there had been booked.
The municipality is also experiencing intermittent vehicular traffic jams around the central business area as more vehicles, majority of them four-wheel drives, move across the streets.
The situation has also brought pressure on the few fuel filling stations in town as vehicles queue to buy fuel.
The various activities have brought the town alive, as the cream of the nation's farmers and fishermen, exhibitors and other visitors gather at the Naa Sidiku Bomi Park in Wa for this year's National Farmers Day celebration.
The event, which is the 23rd edition since the introduction of the farmers day awards scheme, is to honour the hard-working farmers and fishermen who excel in their vocations.
In all, 30 farmers and fishermen in all sectors of agriculture, such as poultry, livestock, crop and fish farming, have been nominated across the country.
As of press time yesterday, officials of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) and members of the Upper West Regional Planning Committee of the National Farmers Day were, as usual, tight-lipped as to who would emerge as the winner of the ultimate prize.
That notwithstanding, the Daily Graphic gathered that the possible winner of the ultimate prize could be a farmer from one of the three northern regions.
The Deputy Upper West Regional Director of Agriculture, Dr Mark Hansen, told the Daily Graphic that MoFA would mount an exhibition of several products on the celebration grounds.
He said it was also taking the nominee farmers to places of interest, including an oil processing factory at Somba and one for the processing of soya beans, among other food items, at the MoFA Office.
Story by Chris Nunoo,