71 farmers to be honoured today

Seventy-one farmers across the country will be awarded Friday (today) as the country celebrates National Farmers Day.

The 30th farmers’ day celebration will be organised at Sefwi-Wiawso in the Western region.

The Agriculture ministry is using this year’s event to urge Ghanaian to promote what they eat.

The awardees include fishermen, researchers, extension officers and scientists.

The National Farmers’ Day is commemorated each year on the first Friday of December to honour gallant farmers and fisher folk and acknowledge the vital positions they occupy in the nation’s socio-economic development.

The state uses the occasion to also acknowledge the untiring efforts farmers and fisher folk put into feeding the growing population, providing raw materials to the nation’s industries and contributing substantially to the nation’s foreign exchange earnings.

Meanwhile the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana is proposing the creation of a separate national farmer awards ceremony for women.

The group says the current award system where both men and women are lumped together discriminates against women, and also undermines their role in the agricultural sector.

Programmes Officer of the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, Charles Nyaaba told STARR NEWS’ Papisdaf Abdullah in an interview that: “If you look at the history of the national best farmers [awards], we have only one woman on one occasion, and then if you look at the percentage of the farmer population, it’s 60-40. About 60 percent of women being in that sector and then 40 percent being men.”

Source : Ghana/StarrFMonline.com/103.5

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