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04.12.2002 General News

Farmers' Day to be held in Takoradi

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This year's National Farmers' Day Celebration, which is the 18th in the series, is to be held on 06 December in Takoradi in the Western Region although the event has been hosted twice by the region.

The selection of the region was done by the sector Ministry and the National Planning Committee based largely on the fact that the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC), which is to take place at the same period has been slated for the region.

A statement issued by the Ministry in Accra on Friday said celebrating both important national events in one region would enhance patronage and attract maximum publicity to glorify the region.

It said the fact that the region had produced the current National Best Farmer was a booster for the event. The statement said the theme for this year's celebration: "Modernizing Agriculture to Enhance Rural Development," fits into government's focus on the empowerment of rural areas.

The event, which rewards deserving farmers with awards ranging from houses, pick-up trucks and farming inputs was started in 1985, is observed in all 10 regions and in the 110 district capitals throughout the country.

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