Ghana to celebrate Farmers’ Day amid COVID-19 pandemic

Ghana has unveiled the theme for the 36th Farmers’ Day celebration to commemorate farmers for their immense contributions toward the growth of the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual Farmers’ Day Celebration is a national holiday held to show solidarity to farmers and fishermen across the country.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Ensuring Agribusiness Development under COVID-19: Opportunities and Challenges.”

According to a report by Ghanaian Times, the celebration will hold on November 6th.

On the need to celebrate, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Mrs. Elizabeth Quaye said that Ghana’s agriculture was transitioning from subsistence and primary production to agribusiness level.

So far, the country, she said has been able to boost investment in the sector, create jobs, expand the market and birth healthy competition in the agricultural sphere.

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In the fishery sector, the minister revealed that fishing landing sites were already in construction in selected communities as Teshie and Jamestown in the Greater Accra Region.

“These landing sites would provide safe berthing for fishing vessels, including canoes and semi-industrial vessels, as well as provide facilities for improving fish handling and reducing post-harvest losses.

“300 global multi-purpose mini-tractors and 220 Cabrio compact tractors have been imported to support farming activities to help transform farming from subsistence to agribusiness,” she added.

She further stated that the ministry has commenced the implementation of the ‘Aquaculture for Food and Jobs (AFJ)’ as part of the ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ Initiative.

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The AFJ is an initiative targeted at youth groups, civic organizations and troubled fish farmers.

On his part, Minister of State at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Dr. Nurah Gyiele stressed the need to organise the event even as the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was just subsiding.

He reiterated that farmers and fishermen remained a top priority for the growth of the nation.

He said that the government was fulfilling its pledge to revolutionalise the agricultural sector via the introduction of ‘Planting for Foods and Jobs’.

Gyiele beckoned on stakeholders to give their quota in making the event a success.

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