Accra, Sept. 12, GNA - An amount of GH¢3.00 million is required to ensure the successful celebration of the 2013 National Farmers' Day celebration.
This was made known by the Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture in charge crops, Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, when he received items and cash donations from five private companies on Thursday in Accra.
The donations are to augment Government's contribution towards the celebrations which is scheduled to take place at Sogakofe in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region on Saturday December 7.
The event shall be on the theme: 'Reducing Post Harvest Losses for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition'.
Dr Yakubu Alhassan said the Farmers' Day celebrations had always been a partnership between the Government of Ghana and the private sector and thus commended the companies for their contributions.
Wienco Ghana Limited made a cash donation of GH¢15,000.00 towards the printing of the 29th Farmers Day celebrations brochures and donated products and souvenirs worth GH¢17,000.00.
Among the products donated included 20 pieces of Matabi Super Agro 16 Pro Knapsack sprayers, 20 cartons of Confidor 200 SL Cocoa insecticides, 1,000 kilograms of Panner Hybrid White Maize Seed and 1,200 pieces of Safari hats.
Yara Ghana Limited presented a cheque for GH¢10,000.00 and 700 bags of fertilizers to MOFA.
Accra Brewery Limited supported this year's celebration with 220 assorted cases of their products.
The rest, Ghana Reinsurance company and Ghana Free zones presented cheques for GH¢5,000.00 and GH¢20,000.00 respectively.
Dr Yakubu Alhassan used the opportunity to appeal for more of such donations from companies and individuals as a way of showing appreciation to the farmers as no contribution is too big or small.
'Assistance will go a long way to help the celebration and especially our farmers who have always worked tirelessly to put food on our tables', he said.