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38th Farmers Day Celebration

02.May.2023

The  District Chief Executive for Gomoa East District, Hon. Solomon Darko-Quarm, disclosed the Planting Food And Job (PFJ)program by the government has provided inputs such as fertilizers, seed maize ,rice seed, vegetable seeds , subsidized and sold to farmers at affordable prices has improved food production in the district .

He disclosed the Gomoa East Agricultural Department has also received 10 motor bikes which enables Extension agents to reach a total of 11,746 farmers under the government flagship program in the district.

He assured government will continue to provide subsidized inputs seedlings as well as agricultural mechanization to hard working farmers in the district such as engineering service centers for the benefit of farmers .He was speaking at the 38th Farmers Day Celebration held at Gomoa Dominase.

The District Agric Director, Madam Hasnau  Hashim  ,disclosed several extension technologies have been disseminated to farmers in all 52 Agric  communities in the district ,which are farmer sensitization ,education ,training on livelihood empowerment ,facilitation of Savings and Loans Associations ,value addition to produce among others .

She disclosed, government in collaboration with Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) under the Korean government has provided farm machinery and established rice seed processing and storage facility at Gomoa Okyereko for rice farmers in the district to produce rice seed for Central region and the nation as a whole.

On challenges faced by the department , she said ,  the 22 field officers have only 10 motor bikes which fuelling is also a problem and appealed to the DCE and MP to restore a broken Dyke at Okyereko and also construct more irrigation facilities to ensure all year round farming .

The Member of Parliament for Gomoa East, Hon.  Desmond Degraft Paitoo, commended farmers for their efforts in providing food to feed the nation and called on them to collaborate to seek for more support from government to maximize yield.

He bemoaned sand winning in the area which destroys farm lands and   sale of arable land to estate developers who in turn sell them to people. He asked the Chiefs to reserve land for farming purposes for the next generation.

The District best farmer, Nana Kwadofrakye (V), Omankrado, Gomoa Akyempim Traditional Council, received for his prize a Tricycle, Knapsack Sprayer, Cutlasses, Pair of Wellington Boots and others.