The Ketu South Municipal Assembly celebrated the 38th farmers’ in grand style. This year’s celebration took place at Agavedzi A.M.E. Zion School park, a fishing community in the municipality.
At the celebration grounds, the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Maxwell Koffie Lugudor elaborated on the theme for the 2022 farmers day celebration “Accelerating Agricultural Development through value addition”. He said, through the Agriculture Department the assembly has trained cassava processing groups in communities including Aveshie, Gbedekope and Glitame on value addition and same was done for Nevame Fish Processors who were trained on how to use anchovies in preparing pepper sauce (Shito).
The MCE, Hon. Maxwell Koffie Lugudor further said the Planting for Food and Jobs has also yielded some good results but climate change and other factors seem to be eroding the gain and gave assurance that government is doing its best to stabilise the abnormalities.
The celebration was attended by many prominent people in the municipality including member of Parliament for Ketu South Constituency, Hon. Madam Abla Dzifa Gormashie who also donated Basins, wire mesh and fishing nets to support farmers in the area and said government should be intentional in providing the needs of the sector to attain the Sustainable Development Goal on reducing hunger.
The celebration was chaired by the Paramount Chief of Some Traditional Area, Torgbui Adamah III.
Four farmer were awarded for their exceptional farming work to feed the people of the mucipality and beyond. They were;
Mr. Ewoenam Yelixox, overall best farmer
Mr. Kofi Abelia, best fisherman
Mr. Christopher Agbemador, best vegetable farmer
Madam Rejoice Agorgli, best livestock farmer
Mr. George Egblorgbe, best crop farmer.
Mr. Ewoenam Yelixoxo, the overall best farmer in his speech, called on government to support farmers to ensure a successful farming season in 2023.
He added the 2022 farming season was very difficult for them because they could not have access to farm inputs like fertilizers. He added that buying fertilizers from the open market was expensive and a lot of farmers couldn’t afford and that resulted in less farm yield for them.