Speaking to our reporter at Dayi in the Volta region,  Jacob Mawandor Binyam reported that This year, the South Dayi District, Volta Region, held its 36th National Farmers’ Day at Tongor-Tsanakpe, under the theme: _“Ensuring Agribusiness Development in COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities”._ Present with the Queen Mother of the Tongor-Tsanakpe and other traditional leaders within the Tongor enclave were the DCE and Parliamentary candidate for the New Patriotic Party, Hon. Ernest Patrick Mallet, the District Director of Agriculture, and the District’s Police and Fire Services Commanders. Also present was Hon. Felix Lartey, the constituency’s Parliamentary candidate for the Progressive People’s Party.

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Mr. Bamo Nsambeh, a 49-year old farmer from Wegbe Wassah who has 20 acres of yam, 10 acres of maize, 8 acres of cassava, 1 acre of plantain, 1 acre of tomatoes, 2 acres of pepper, 2 acres of oil palm, 1 acre of cocoa, 0.2 acre of groundnuts, 30 mango trees, 30 goats, 20 sheep, 134 local fowls, 5 dogs, and intercropped 10 acres of yam with agushie, emerged as the overall Best Farmer in the district.

The DCE encouraged all and sundry, especially the youth, to take the government’s *Planting for Food and Jobs* opportunities seriously in order to maximize the best they can from it to increase food production and to attract development projects and investments in the district.

Presenting the awards and enstooling him as the overall Best/Chief Farmer of the District for the year, Hon. Mallet and the Queen Mother congratulated Mr. Nsambeh and encouraged him to keep it up. Mr. Nsambeh with his family and friends was overwhelmed with joy as he received the much coveted prize: 1 big motor tricycle, with 6 crocodile matchets, a full piece of cloth and 2 pairs of wellington boots, and a certificate.

Mr. Nsambeh, (literally meaning there’s a way out – opportunities!) is a Bassare from Tatale, the traditional hometown of Bassare’s in the Northern region of Ghana. He expressed immense gratitude to God almighty for the honor. He expressed gratitude to the government for the *Planting for Food and Jobs* and Farmer’s Day initiatives, and the District’s Agric Department for their support to farmers. He also expressed gratitude to his landlord and the traditional authorities in Wegbe Kpalime for not only accommodating him with his family in their territory, but also for giving him large parcels of land for his agricultural activities.

He urged the government to provide incentives to landowners who make available their lands for farmers on reasonable and friendly terms. He believes that the effort, together with giving charitable landowners awards during Farmer’s day celebrations will motivate same to release lands for cultivation on reasonable terms.

But he was not the only one to receive the honors for his efforts under the *Planting for Food and Jobs* initiative this year. There were eight others with him, including the 1st runner up, Mr. David Akukuma, a 53-year old farmer from Kpeve, and the 2nd runner up, 28-year old Miss Cecilia Ama Doh from Kpeve both of which received a deep freezer, a knapsack chemical sprayer, a full piece of cloth, 6 crocodile matchets, 2 pairs of wellington boots, and a certificate.

The event also recognized the contribution of the physically challenged. To this end, 51-year old Mama Irene Agbakpo from Kpeve received an ice chest and a chemical sprayer, a full piece of cloth and 4 crocodile matchets as well as a pair of wellington boots, and a certificate for cultivating 3 acres of maize, 2 acres of cocoa, and rearing 3 goats and 60 poultry birds. But that’s not all!

. A matchet and half a bar of Key soap were given to each of the several farmers who brought their farm produce for exhibition. Several farmers brought fresh and processed varieties of their farm produce for exhibition, namely yam, plantain, maize, tomatoes, okro, pepper, palm fruits, cassava, rice, fish, and groundnuts among others.

Let us give glory to the Most High God for providing the rains, the sunshine, soil nutrients, life and health for this year’s agricultural activities and let us say ayekoo to our gallant farmers.

Long live Ghana! Long live South Dayi District.


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