The Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has cautioned farmers not to prevent their children from going to school, adding that, there was the need for all children to benefit from education at all costs so they could gain the needed skills and knowledge to help them perform well whatever they find themselves doing after school.
He also appealed to all parents to take a keen interest in the education of their children by visiting their schools to interact with the teachers as well as motivate them to do more for their children and the nation as a whole.
Dr Adutwum gave the caution last Friday at Oyoko in the Bosomtwe District of the Ashanti region during National Farmer’s Day.
Recognition and appreciation
The day was used to appreciate all Ghanaian farmers and also present awards to ten deserving farmers, and agricultural extension officers among others.
The event saw a 42-year-old native of Goru in the Upper East region and a resident of Jachie, Mohammed Seidu, being adjudged the 2022 overall best farmer for the Bosomtwe district.
For his prize, he took home a certificate, a tricycle, 5 Cutlasses, Wellington boots, four bags of Compost Organic fertilizer, a Knapsack sprayer, Insecticides and Weedicides among others.
The occasion was used to present awards to nine other farmers, extension officers, and institution’s among others for their roles in the development of agriculture in the district and the country as a whole.
They were presented with prizes like wheelbarrows, cutlasses, fertilizers, knapsack sprayers, wellington booths and other packages.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum praised farmers in the country for their role in the provision of food and other agricultural products towards feeding the populace, supplying raw materials to industries as well as for export.
Embrace govt interventions
Dr Adutwum who doubles as the Minister for Education appealed to farmers in the country to embrace various government intervention projects which have been put together to help revamp the nation’s agricultural sector.
The Bosomtwe District Director of Agriculture, Mr Eric Fofie, recounted the various government interventions being implemented in the district as he assured all farmers in the district that his office was ready to continue supporting them.
He appealed to farmers to engage the services of Agricultural Extension Officers in their areas to help enhance their productivity and income for their gains as well as the national kitty.
The District Chief Executive for Bosomtwe, Mr Joseph K. Asumin, pledged to continue providing the needed inputs and other resources to boost the development of agriculture in the district and the nation as a whole.
He cautioned farmers against bad farming practices which does not only affect productivity in their farms but also affected the environment and in the end impact negatively on the lives of the citizens.
The occasion was used to sensitize the populace on the issue of HIV/Aids by a team of personnel from the Kuntanase Government hospital in collaboration with the Bosomtwe District assembly.
The sensitization at the farmer’s day was in line with the commemoration of the World Aids celebration in the district as the personnel insisted on the need for people to voluntarily go to any health facility for testing to know one’s status so the situation can be managed if found positive.