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Caterer emerges the best farmer in New Juaben South

by The Ghana HIT

During the 36th National Farmers day in the New Juaben South Municipality, Mrs. Vida Adeweh, a 46-year-old caterer, won the best farmer award. The 46-years-old caterer owns 5 acres of pawpaw, 3 acres of coconut, 2 acres of Mango, one acre of avocado, half-acre each of cocoyam, cassava, lettuce, and green pepper, 9 goats, 10 sheep, and 36 local birds.

She was awarded a pair of Wellington boot, five cutlasses, three bottles of weedicides, a certificate, a tricycle, a knapsack spray, a medium portable radio, a half piece of GTP Adepa print, and a butterfly sewing machine.

Mr. Francis Amoatey who is 39-year-old and disabled was got the award for the best Youth farmer. Beatrice Agyepong got an award for being the best vegetable seller while Mary Akwei emerged as the best fish processor. New Juaben South Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr. Isaac Apaw Gyasi, said the number of farmers involved in the Planting for Foods and Jobs (PFJ) program in the region increased from 1,298 in 2019 to 2,356 in 2020. Besides, the MCE talked about an increment of 300 percent of the fertilizer bags given to farmers in 2020 compared to 2019.

The Municipal Director of Agriculture, Mr. Kofi Amoako Tweneboah, explained that the method for giving the awards involved the scale of operation, innovativeness, marketing strategy, and general impression of the farm, and other others criteria. He requested the farmers to follow the advice of the extension officers to increase yield.

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