December 13, 2017

National Best Farmer 2017 (1st Runner-Up) Visits GEPA

The first runner-up of this year’s National Farmers’ Day held on Friday, December 1, 2017, Mabel Okata Kudjoe paid a visit to Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) on Monday 4th December 2017. The objective of her visit was to formally share her recognition with GEPA and renew ties as an exporter with the Authority. 

The Chief Executive Officer of GEPA, Hon Gifty Kekeli Klenam, shared some of the on-going interventions GEPA is providing the exporters to increase production and make them competitive. She encouraged Madam Okata to participate in GEPA’s programme and take advantage of the on-going interventions.

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Madam Okata had further interactions with the Agriculture and other Directorates of GEPA and all congratulated her for the Award.  She was invited to the launch of Ghana’s Market Hub portal, scheduled to take place on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Madam Okata expressed her gratitude to the CEO and staff for the warm reception and took immediate steps to renew her status as an an exporter.

Madam Mabel Okata Kudjoe is an executive head of Mabel Okata Farms & Food Processing company. Prior to the 2017 Award as First Runner to the National Best Farmer, she was the best food processing company in the 2015 Farmers’ Awards Event.

In all, 77 farmers and fishermen including women, were recognised in the 33rd National Farmers’ Awards Event.  Mr. Philip Kwaku Agyemang of the Brong Ahafo Region was honoured as the 2017-National Best Farmer.

Ghana’s National Farmers’ Day which was instituted in 1985 by the Ghana government under PNDC, after the industries showed a 30 percent growth in 1984, has had phenomenal celebrations since 2002.

The first Farmers Day was celebrated in Osino, located in the Eastern Region of Ghana, where the drought was most severe.

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. The government of Ghana in 2002, improved winning farmer’s award package. A national best farmer since then (2002) received a three-bedroom house, and that has been the prize in years since.

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.

The celebration is actually a week long with regional and district celebrations throughout the country. Much of Ghana’s economy is related to agriculture, which is why the celebrations are so extensive.

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.

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