Two journalists have been recorgnized by Countrywise Communications, an agricultural centered Communication Organization based in Tamale for producing excellent content that reflects on activities of rural farmers in the Savannah Zone.
The two, Philip Tenzu of Radio Mak in Wa and Prosper Kwame Koo of the Ghana News Agency in Bolgatanga stories were adjudged the best after months of examination by the awards committee.
The story that won Philip Tenzu the award focused on improving agriculture in the dry season through irrigation in Ghana.
The awards captioned “the Harmattan Awards” is the maiden awards by Countrywise Communications and the first of its kind in the Savannah Zone tailored to complement the efforts of Agricultural journalists.
This year’s edition which is held under a tagline “The Role of the Journalist in Promoting Agriculture as a Business” brought together various stakeholders in the agriculture and the communication sector.
In an address, the director of Countrywise Communication Ghana, Mr. Raymond Vuol said the Harmattan awards initiative is designed to appreciate the work of development journalists especially those telling highlighting agricultural issues in their line of work.
“We have come to realise that journalists go through a lot of challenges, difficult challenges trying to produce developmental stories especially stories in agriculture. Having also realized that agriculture is the main stay of Ghana’s economy we (Countrywise) have decided that we will refocus the attention of journalists to begin to look at agricultural stories. So it is on this background that we have decided to institute this journalists award scheme called the Harmattan Award for Journalism which we are witnessing today,” Raymond told Radio Tamale.
Countrywise Communication has mastered agricultural communication by producing relevant content as well as applying technology to reach out to its target audience.
“Basically what we do is that we try to help people living in the remote areas, have access to quality information and we do that by producing very quality video content, translating the videos into local languages and we also go from one community to another, showing videos in languages,” he added.
A Research Scientist at the Savannah Agriculture Research Institute, Dr. Joseph Adjebeng Danquah said the Institute lauded the idea by Countrywise to award Journalists who delve into agriculture since that falls directly into SARI’s core area.
By: Maxwell Suuk, radiotamale.com