The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Yaw Frimpong Addo, who doubles as the Chairman of the 39th National Farmers’ Day Planning Committee, has revealed that this year’s celebration will be held indoor unlike the usual 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’ from November 27 to December 1, 2023.
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.
He stressed that even though the districts and regions would have the usual exhibition and awards, this year’s would not be an outdoor ceremony. “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”.
He, however, did not provide further details as to why this year’s celebrations will be held indoor.
Mr. Frempong Addo highlighted that there will be a special desk placed at a vintage point to explain in detail what phase two of the Planting for Food and jobs (PFJ) seeks to achieve.
As part of the celebration, there would also be a float through the principal streets of Accra for awareness creation towards the celebration and also a farmers’ market at the Independence Square where food items including rice, yam, cassava and poultry products among others would be transported and sold at affordable prices.
“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 indicated that this year’s celebration is to appreciate farmers for the availability and accessibility of food despite the numerous challenges and also to remind stakeholders of the need to support hardworking farmers, who through hard work, have ensured food sustenance in the country.
The Deputy Minister appealed to corporate organisations and stakeholders to support this year’s celebration, saying that the ministry is ready to receive donations of any form.