The Chief of Chanzheni, a farming community of the Tamale Metropolis Naa Amadu Mohammed, has been adjudged overall Best Farmer of the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern Region.
For his prize, Naa Amadu Mohammed received a tricycle, cutlasses, pair of wellington boots, a packet of zinc, a bag of fertilizer, knapsack sprayer and a certificate of recognition.
The first runner-up received one packet of Zinc, a bag of fertilizer, cutlasses and a pair of wellington boots, knapsack sprayer and certificate.
The awardees ranged from Best Crop Farmer, Best Livestock Farmer, Best Fish Folk Farmer, Best Agro Forester, Best Physical Challenge Farmer, and Best Agric Office, and Best Youth Farmer.
They also received prizes ranging from a bag of fertilizer, a packet of zinc, smart televisions, a mist blower, cutlasses, knapsack sprayer , wellington boots and certificates.
The ceremony was held at Fooshegu, a farming community in the Tamale Metropolis, and was attended by staff of Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Heads of Department, traditional leaders among others.
Addressing the farmers prior to the awards, the Mayor of Tamale Honorable Sule Salifu, said despite the urban and peri-urban nature of the Tamale Metropolis, agriculture still continues to be the mainstay of the local economy hence the Assembly, through the Department of Agriculture, has undertaken some programs and activities such as farm visits, skills training on best farming practices, engagements with farmers among others.
He stated that the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly remains committed to support the government’s efforts to promote agriculture and achieve food security in the country.
Mayor Sule Salifu in his remarks, commended the farmers of the area for feeding and contributing to the socio-economic development of the country. He also commended the Metropolitan Agric Director and his staff for the concerted efforts they continuously put into the discharge of their duties.
He thus entreat the youth within Tamale Metropolis to take up agriculture as a profession and seize government initiatives and incentives that are making agriculture an attractive venture.
In an interview with the media, Naa Amadu Mohammed, encouraged the youth to go into farming adding that it was a profitable venture.
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamondfmonline.com |Ghana.