By Chris Twum
As part of the 26th edition of National Farmers Day, the Adentan Municipal Assembly has called on Ghanaians to patronize home grown agricultural products, so as to promote the economic development of the country.
Delivering the key note address at this year’s Farmers Day 2010, dubbed – “Grow More Food”, at Ogbojo, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Nubyl Kakra Vanlare observed that the government was committed to developing a robust and integrated agriculture industry, geared towards promoting the agro sector through modern scientific and technological methods of production.
According to the MCE, the Adentan Municipality can achieve the promotion of home grown agriculture products, only if the fast decrease of farmlands, especially crop and livestock, are brought to a halt.
Madam Vanlare cited that Real Estate Developers within the Municipality were fast swallowing the land reserved for agricultural purposes at an alarming rate.
“Many small scale farmers, including those engaged in producing vegetables such as okro, pepper, onion, tomatoes, e.t.c, are being pushed out of business by Real Estate Developers. Grazing land for cattle, goats and sheep farmers is fast disappearing, so it is imperative that we take a critical and dispassionate look at land use and land management in the Adentan Municipality”, she stressed.
Madam Vanlare urged the government to formulate policies and regulations that would stem the rate at which farmlands are coming under housing development in the Greater Accra Region in particular.
In making farming attractive to the youth in the Municipality, the MCE hinted that government has placed an order for tractors to be distributed to individuals and farmer-based organizations on liberal repayment terms.
Madam Vanlare appealed to farmers and prospective farmers to endeavor to acquire the relevant skills which would enable them achieve higher production levels in the Municipality. “I am, therefore, using this opportunity to appeal to the authorities of the University of Ghana farms, which is located within the Adentan Municipality to initiate a programme whereby practical knowledge on modern scientific agricultural production can be transferred to our farmers and interested youth of our Municipality”, she added.
Meanwhile, the celebration of the 26th farmer Day was used to launch the Municipal’s Business Newsletter dubbed, “Adentan Business Gong-Gong”.
The business newsletter is business directory which is a collaboration between a sister city of Worcester and Adentan Municipality, which seeks to contain the existing businesses operating within the Adentan Municipality with viable investment potentials available.