BY AFIA NYARKO ASARE
A member of the Dormaa Area Teachers’ Co-operative Credit Union (DATCCU), Mr. Samuel Kwesi Kusi has won the 2019 Best Farmer Award for Dormaa East in the Bono Region of Ghana.
He attributes his accomplishments in farming to his membership to DATCCU that made him eligible to various sums of loan supports, determination and hard work.
Speaking to Micro Watch in an exclusive interview, Mr. Kusi explained that prior to his membership to a Credit Union he struggled with means to access funds to purchase farm implements and products to augment work.
The 52-year-old farmer from Dormaa Akwamu, was awarded the Overall Best District Famer.
He took home 1 Motor Tricycle, a tabletop fridge, 6 cutlasses, 1 full piece of cloth, 2 wellington Boots, 6 bars of key soap, 1 overall working gear and a certificate as his award.
His enterprises which won him the overall best award include 6 acreages of plantain, 6 acreages of cassava, 36 acreage of maize, 50 acreage of cocoyam, 18 acreage of yam, 15 acreage of cashew, 1 acreage of hot pepper and 0.25 acreage of tomatoes. Others are 1 acreage of cowpea, 110 goats, 32 improved breed of pigs, 30, 000 layer birds, 50 local birds and 14 turkeys.
The selfless farmer has also being providing support for other farmers around his farming community with agronomic practices among other social responsibilities in his farming community.
The District Director of Agriculture, Mr. Kennedy Sam, congratulated farmers for their gallant support to Ghana’s food security.
He also commended government for the immense contribution to the Agriculture Sector especially the postings of Agriculture Extension Officers which has enhanced farming activities at the community level.
He called on farmers to work with the expertise and advices being offered them by the officers to maximize yield to improve the economy.
Speaking on the theme “Enhancing Small Scale Agriculture towards Agribusiness Development” the District Chief Executive of Dormaa East, Hon. Emmanuel Kofi Agyeman, emphasized that agriculture is a big-time business with a whole production chain and farmers everywhere as well as everyone must be encouraged to accept it as a business that has the capabilities to transforming lives through job creation and other creative ventures.
He explained that the time has come for Ghanaians to move away from the subsistence level of agriculture activities to a business level in order to break the grounds for better livelihood and prosperous economy as well as development.
He added that for people of his district to embrace this new wind of agri-business ideas, the assembly in collaboration with the District Agriculture Department is encouraging local farmers to form Farmer Base Organization for the purposes of training, motivation and consolidation for easy access to funds. The training would also be for staff and extension officers of the Department of Agriculture to ensure professionalism for better results.
Again, the DCE noted that the District Assembly has through the support of the Central Government established an Agriculture Mechanization Center, equipped with several tools, to enable the District start farm irrigation project which would encourage farming activities all year round. He encouraged that in order to effectively manage the machines, farmers should team up for its judicious use.
BY AFIA NYARKO ASARE