Thirty nine year old Suleiman Sayibu, a native of kusheli in the Mion District in the northern region was adjudged the 2017 best farmer in the district.
He walked away with a brand new motorbike, farming tools, cloth, zinc, knapsack and a radio set.
In all, twenty four farmers received different categories of awards.
Speaking at the event, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Mion Mohammed Hashim expressed gratitude to the government for implementing the planting for food and jobs and other policies to promote the socio-economic development of the country.
According to him, the initiative has contributed immensely towards poverty reduction in the area.
“Critical agriculture deriving initiatives such as planting for food and jobs, one village, one dam, one district one factory, one district one warehouse are being vigorously pursued by government to accelerate the spate of our economic development,” he stated.
The District Director of Agric, Abetego Abusori decried the inadequate agric extension officers in the area and called on government to post more extension officers to the district.
“Mr. Chairman, the statistic indicate that we have 36,000 farmers in the Mion district, even though our population is higher than that, the people who are real farmers are about 36,000 and the agric extension workers that are on the field are only 12, if you divide 36,000 by 12 it’s about 3, 0000. So it means that the ratio is 1 to 3, 0000 [farmers],” he said.
The assemblyman for the zakpalsi electoral area Mahama Iddirisu lamented over the low yield recorded by farmers in the area. This, he says, is the result of the numerous challenges Farmers in the area face.
Below is the list of some of the winners:
Best vegetable farmer-Abukari Aminu.
Best woman farmer-Yakubu Amina.
Best livestock farmer- Fuseini Iddirisu.
Best crop farmer- Issahaku Alhassan.
Best extension officer-Abukari Nendoo Daniel.
By: Fatahitya Mohammed, radiotamale.com