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How Did The Farmers' Day Come About? The History Behind Farmers' Day As We Celebrate

Ghanaians celebrates the 2021 farmers day today, 3rd December 2021 . The theme for celebrations is Planting for Food and Jobs – Consolidating Food Systems in Ghana. The celebrations will be climaxed with a Grand Durbar and Award Ceremony at Cape Coast, Central Region. H. E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the Special Guest of Honour.

How Did The Farmers Day Came About

The National Farmers Day in Ghana is usually celebrated on the first Friday of December each year to recognize the contributions of farmers and fishermen in the country. The holiday is designed to pay respect to the importance of the farming and fishing industry in the socio-economic growth of Ghana.

Farmers Day was instituted in 1985 by the Ghana government after the industries showed a 30 percent growth in 1984. This was a significant improvement over 1982 and 1983, years the country suffered a severe drought. The first Farmers Day was celebrated in Osino, located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, where the drought was most severe. The maiden edition was celebrated by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 1988.

On the first holiday, an award was given to the “best” farmer. The prize package included two machetes, a pair of Wellington boots and a preset radio. Since that time, the prizes have grown more valuable and included bicycles, power tillers, tractors and pick-ups. Starting in 2002, the winning farmer received a three-bedroom house and that has been the prize in years since.

Celebrations And Activities

Activities on Farmers Day include a National Farmers Forum with Award Winners expected to network with country leaders and experts. The subjects include technological advances in agriculture as well as suggestions for how the leaders of Ghana can help improve the industry.

Each year, the main celebration is held in an area of the country most affected by harvest conditions that may include drought or flooding. Awards given during the celebration are for such categories as husbandry practices, ecology, use of technology and contributions to their local economy.

Is It Worth A Holiday?

This holiday reflects the importance of agriculture in Ghana. According to the CIA World Factbook, Agriculture accounts for about 20% of GDP and employs more than half of the workforce, mainly small landholders.

Each year the Minister of the Interior declares this day as a statutory Public Holiday and urges the public across the country to observe it as such.

Who Won The Previous Edition?

Solomon Kwadwo Kusi, a 55-year-old farmer from the Jomoro District of the Western Region was adjudged the 2020 National Best Farmer with a cash prize of GH₵570,000.00

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