By Bismark Bebli
THE presidential candidate of the main opposition political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has saluted Ghanaian farmers, and urged them to continue to hold the fortunes of the nation.
“It is with great pleasure that I join many other Ghanaians in expressing to you how proud we are of your hard work and commitment over the years, and I convey to you my sincere appreciation of your good works, and congratulate every one of you on this day, as you continue to hold the fortunes of our nation in your hands,” he said.
In a statement, the NPP torchbearer stated that it was a known fact that the majority of farmers do not get adequate reward for their efforts, because of the many problems that continue to hinder the advancement and development of agriculture in our country, thus, he underscored the transformation and modernisation of our agriculture to enhance productivity, guaranteed food security and self-sufficiency, and raise the incomes of our farmers.
“With the necessary support and incentives, I am confident that the Ghanaian farmer will be up to the task. I congratulate all award winners in this year’s National Best Farmers’ Day, and I hope that your exploits and achievements would be an inspiration for others, to the benefit of the Ghanaian people.”
In a related development, the NPP, through its General Secretary, Mr. John Kwadwo Owusu-Afriyie, has also extended its profound appreciation to the farmers.
According to the party, since farmers make contributions in diverse ways towards the sustenance of the agricultural sector of the economy, and for the wellbeing of our people, they need to be encouraged.
“As we celebrate and admonish the achievements of our gallant farmers throughout the length and breadth of this country, the leadership of the NPP recognises the enormous contribution of both peasant and commercial farmers in ensuring that there is regular supply of food to feed the nation, and for export, notwithstanding the fact that our agriculture is almost exclusively represented by small holder activity farming on plots less than 1.5 hectares.”
Meanwhile, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has recognised the enormous contribution of farmers in enhancing food security which is geared towards the growth of the economy.
To this end, the ruling party has commended farmers in the country over their hardworking activities.
“The NDC takes cognisance of your role in the country’s agriculture, as you strive to enhance food security and sustainability, especially, towards the growth of the economy. It is towards sustaining this vision that the PNDC government instituted the day, not only to commend you, but imbibe the culture of farming, to serve as inspiration to generations unborn.”
In a statement signed by the party’s chief scribe, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, it stressed, “Indeed, the NDC government’s efforts to provide decent and reliable income, via the establishment of the Buffer Stock Project, fertiliser subsidies, among others, is a vivid testimony of its commitment to motivate farmers, so that they would be adequately empowered with the necessary resources to maximise farmers contribution to the Better Ghana Agenda.”
According to the NDC, the party considers the farmers day celebrations, which comes off today, as another milestone in the annals of the country’s development aspirations, adding that to this end, the NDC wishes to assure the country’s hardworking farmers of the NDC government’s unflinching support in promoting their welfare, to enable them sustain the agriculture industry.
“The NDC therefore, congratulates and salutes the country’s gallant farmers, and, wishes the government and the people of Ghana well on this special occasion, expecting government to relentlessly support the Ghanaian farmer.”