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04.12.2005 Regional News

Make farming an important subject in school curriculum - Brimpong

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Obuasi (Ash), Dec 4, GNA - Mr Kojo Brimpong, this year's Obuasi Municipal Best Farmer, has called on policy makers in education to make farming an important subject in the basic schools' curriculum. Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after receiving his prize, comprising a table top gas cooker, spraying machine, bicycle, two bars of key soap, two cutlasses, Wellington boots and a certificate, the best farmer held that students in basic schools did not have interest in farming because they are made to work in the school farms as punishment. "The country's education reform should give premium to agriculture and help change this erroneous impression that weeding or working in the farm is a punishment", he stressed.

Mr Brimpong said it was an asset to the nation when people with high educational background entered into farming and other agricultural activities such as livestock.

Mr Brimpong, who is the National Chairman of the Ghana Mine Workers Union (GMWU) of the TUC, advised salaried workers to invest part of their monthly earnings, no matter how small it is, in agriculture to guarantee a better retirement life for them. "If you want an investment that will be beneficial in the long run, then invest in the land", he said.

He called on the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) to introduce special loan package for farmers.

"Farmers need capital to buy inputs to improve their operations", he added.

The Municipal Best Farmer appealed to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture to offer the needed logistics to agriculture extension agents to enable them to perform as expected since "farming at this time needs technical approach due to lack of enough land". Twenty-four farmers and organizations, including the Tutuka Freeman Methodist Youth Fellowship were honoured for their contributions towards food production in the municipality.