The Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Kwadaso in the Ashanti Region, Hon Richmond Agyenim Boateng, is worried about the rate at which the Municipality is losing its arable farmlands to human settlements and other purposes.
This was contained in an address read on his behalf by the Kwadaso Municipal Assembly’s Presiding Member, Hon Samuel Kwasi Gyasi, at the 39th edition of the Farmers Day celebration held at Atwima Denkyemuoso. He fears the situation could negatively impact the nation’s food security if not pragmatically addressed.
“As an urban municipality, Kwadaso has been battling with a gradual loss of arable lands to human settlement and other developmental projects.”
In the wake of the challenge, he said the assembly has taken advantage of modernization and technological advancement to enhance the agricultural prospects of the municipality.
“The Kwadaso Municipal Assembly through the development of agriculture is innovatively transforming the Municipality’s Agricultural System to Modern Urban Agriculture.”
He said the Assembly is resolved to continually provide technical support to farmers in the Kwadaso Municipality to boost production to complement the national food safety.
“Part of this development is the introduction of modernized aquaculture production and most other farms as well as providing the necessary technical assistance to farmers,” he stressed.
Through the initiative, Mr. Agyenim Boateng indicated “the municipality is already recording about 45 Aquaculture Farmers which is 60% increase based on the previous year’s farmer population”.
He congratulated farmers for their relentless efforts to provide food for the nation. He assured farmers of the continuous support of the assembly to enhance their activities.
The ceremony was graced by the Atwima Denkyemuoso Dikro and Atwima Akwamuhene, Nana Wiredu Akokro Panin III and his elders, the Kwadaso legislator, Hon Kingsley Nyarko, the Kwadaso Municipal Agric Officers, farmers and residents.
About nine farmers received various categories of awards with the Municipal Best Farmer Award going to a 29-year-old final year student of Akenteng Appiah Minkah University of Skill Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), Joseph Atimpaliga.
Story by GEORGE ADDO