Sene West District celebrated its 37th Farmers’ Day celebration in Dwankrom on December 3rd to honor Ghana’s farmers for their tireless efforts and significant contributions to the country’s growth and prosperity.
The celebration, which was graced by the Honorable District Chief Executive for Sene West District, had Nananom for both Dwan and Wiase Traditional Council, Honorable Assembly members for various communities, staff from the District Assembly, the media and residents in the district in attendance with the theme “Planting for food and jobs- Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana.”
Mr. Mattew Opoku, the Sene West District Agriculture Director, complimented all the farmers on their outstanding efforts, particularly in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic and seasonal changes, which posed a challenge. He went on to say that the COVID-19 epidemic has proven that Ghana’s agriculture has improved. This is due to the fact that there was enough food to feed the population without relying on food imports. All of these improvements, he said, were due to government initiatives. He continued to praise his employees, service extension workers, and several non-governmental organizations for their outstanding efforts. Finally, he praised the district assembly for the showy awards that were awarded to the year’s winners, and he advised farmers to consider climate change when conducting their operations.
The District Fire Commander in his remarks stated that, the Fire Service’s mission is to prevent fires from erupting rather than to put them out. He went on to say that his team will be on the ground to teach people about fire prevention measures in local areas, and that farmers should be careful about when they wish to burn.
The Sene West District Assembly’s District Chief Executive, Hon. John K. Nyarba, thanked the farmers on their efforts over the years to ensure that food is always accessible for the citizens. “The Sene West District takes pleasure in being the Bono East Region’s food basket, yet statistics from the Health Directorate shows that the district is still fighting malnutrition.” The million-dollar question now is how to bring the two scenarios together. I’d want to take this occasion to encourage everyone to strive towards reversing the trend in the district by switching to a healthier diet. This will provide a healthy foundation for our children, the future leaders, because “a sound mind is in a sound body,” as the saying goes. In his closing remarks, the honorable D.C.E urged everyone to view farming as a business rather than subsistence agriculture, pointing out that the government is creating markets for agricultural products through Agri-business development.
The Sanahene of Dwan Traditional Council, Nana Kofi Nyarko, who also served as chairman for the event, praised all of the farmers for ensuring that we never go hungry. He also expressed gratitude to the Hon. D.C.E. for his efforts in ensuring that the Sene West District sees progress. He was particularly pleased that the Dwan community had been witness to such a wonderful event.
The ceremony came to a close with several winners receiving their prizes and being praised for their efforts.