As Ghana prepares for the 39th National Farmers' Day Celebration on December 1, two agro-based companies, New Okaff Industries Limited and OMNI Fert, have made significant contributions to support the upcoming event.
OMNI Fert, an indigenous Ghanaian company specializing in providing affordable fertilizers for crop production, has donated a generous amount of GH¢50,000, continuing its tradition of support since 2017.
New Okaff Industries Limited, on the other hand, has donated agricultural inputs valued at GH¢90,000.
The donation includes organic fertilizers, anti-snake larva (insecticide), and natural bath products.
In addition to the items, the company presented a cash donation of GH¢10,000.
Mr. Yaw Frimpong, Deputy Minister for the Agriculture sector, received the items and cash on behalf of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture.
He expressed gratitude to the companies for their consistent support over the years, emphasizing that the donations would greatly benefit farmers and enhance the success of the upcoming ceremony.
The National Farmers' Day is an annual celebration that recognizes and honours the contributions of Ghanaian farmers and fishers to the economy.
This year's theme, “Delivering Smart Solutions for Sustainable Food Security and Resilience,” reflects the country's commitment to addressing food security challenges amid population growth and evolving food system issues.
The celebrations extend beyond the award ceremony on December 1, encompassing a five-day National Agricultural Festival, Agrifest Ghana 2023, from November 27 to December 1.
The festival, located on the principal streets of the Ministerial enclave in Accra, will provide a platform for farmers to engage with industry players, and learn about new technologies, machinery, and research innovations in agriculture.
The Agrifest Ghana 2023 will culminate in an Awards Night Ceremony at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) Auditorium, where President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will confer national honours on outstanding farmers and fishers.
Fifteen award categories will be recognized, acknowledging excellence in various aspects of agriculture.
Furthermore, regional Farmers' Day celebrations will take place across all 16 regions, with Regional Ministers conferring regional honours on the best-performing farmers.
The five regional award categories include Regional Best Farmer, Regional Best Livestock Farmer, Regional Best Female Farmer, Regional Best Fisher, and Regional Physically Challenged Farmers.