Osagyefo Rowell adjudged 2023 Best Farmer in W/R

Osagyefo Rowell adjudged 2023 Best Farmer in W/R

Mr Agyare(left) presenting the overall best award to Rowell

Mr Stephen Osagyefo Rowell, 44, from Aboadi, was adjudged the overall best farmer at the 39th Farmers’ Day held on Friday, at Ape­manim, in the Ahanta West Municipali­ty of the Western Region.

It was on the theme: “Delivering smart solutions for sustainable food security and resilience.”

He received a knapsack sprayer, five pairs of wellington boots, six cutlasses, a 32-inch television, six bags of or­ganic fertiliser, a motor tricycle and a certificate.

Mr Rowell, who has seven perma­nent employees and 20 casual workers, owns a seven-acre rubber plantation, nine and a half acres of cocoa planta­tion, 17 acres of maize farm, a three-acre cassava plantation, a half-acre of cabbage farm and a half-acre of garden eggs farm.

He also has 21 goats, 50 poultry birds, nine sheep, seven rabbits, seven guinea pigs, 17 snails, 5,000 tilapia and 2,000 catfish.

Mr Richard Asumbura, 36, from Kejebi, was also awarded the best livestock farmer, and took home a knapsack sprayer, two pairs of wel­lington boots, four cutlasses, a wheel barrow, four bags of wheat bran, and a certificate.

Mr Kwaku Kinnah, 50, from Banso, received a knapsack sprayer, two pairs of wellington boots, four cutlasses, a wheel barrow, and three bags of organ­ic fertiliser, a 32 -inch television, and a certificate for being the best crop farmer.

Mr John Bonney, 47, from Busua, became best youth in agriculture and received a knapsack sprayer, two pairs of wellington boots, four cutlasses, a wheel barrow, a mountain bicycle, three bags of organic fertiliser and a certificate.

Mrs Patricia Quansah, a 60-year old from Apemanim No 2, was award­ed the best agro processor, and took home a knapsack sprayer, two pairs of wellington boots, four cutlasses, two aluminium basins, a wax print, and a certificate.

The Ahanta West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr John Agyare, congratulated the winners for their hard work and dedication towards the growth of the agricultural sector in the area.

He stressed the crucial role that the agricultural sector played in Ghana’s economy, saying that it was good soci­ety rewarded farmers who promoted the sector.

The Municipal Director of Agricul­ture, Mr Felix Blay Kenyah, encouraged the youth to take advantage of the emerging opportunities in the agricul­tural sector and venture into agri­business, to help improve their living standards.

Mr Rowell, for his part, expressed his gratitude for the honour done him and encouraged other farmers to work hard to receive similar rewards in the future.

He, however, mentioned that, the agriculture sector was faced with challenges like poor road network, inadequate access to credit facilities and high cost of inputs and appealed to government to address the issues to help spur growth of the local economy

 From Clement Adzei Boye, Apemanim

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