The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture and Chairman of the 39th National Farmers’ Day Planning Committee, Yaw Frimpong Addo, disclosed that this year’s celebration will take place indoors, deviating from the customary outdoor durbar.
The day is observed every first Friday of December. Prior to the main event, activities will include a five-day exhibition of agricultural products at the ministerial enclave dubbed ‘Agri fest’.
The 39th edition of the National Farmers’ Day celebration is themed, ‘Delivering smart solutions for sustainable food security and resilience’, and will be held on the campus of the University of Mines and Technology, Western Region.
While emphasizing that districts and regions will maintain the usual exhibition and awards, Yaw Frimpong Addo emphasized that this year’s ceremony will not be conducted outdoors. “Not like the usual grand durbar in the outside, this year’s would be an indoor awards night at the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Tarkwa in the Western Region, where nominees would be invited to receive their awards”.
Mr. Frimpong Addo emphasized the placement of a special desk at a strategic vantage point to provide detailed explanations about the objectives of phase two of the Planting for Food and Jobs (PFJ) initiative.
To enhance awareness for the celebration, a float will traverse the main streets of Accra. Additionally, a farmers’ market at the Independence Square will offer a variety of affordable food items such as rice, yam, cassava, and poultry products.
“Agribusinesses from all 16 regions would come on board to exhibit their agricultural products and show to the world that Ghana is doing well in terms of food security,” he added.
He stated that this year’s celebration aims to express gratitude to farmers for ensuring the consistent availability and accessibility of food, overcoming numerous challenges. Additionally, it serves as a reminder to stakeholders about the importance of supporting diligent farmers who, through their hard work, contribute to ensuring food sustenance in the country.
The Deputy Minister made an appeal to corporate organizations and stakeholders for support in this year’s celebration, expressing the readiness of the ministry to receive donations in any form.