The Member of Parliament (MP) for Aowin constituency in the Western Region, East, Mr Mathias Kwame Ntow, has lauded the efforts of farmers and fishermen in sustaining the constituency and the country food needs through hard work, dedication and sacrifice.
According to the MP, despite the teething challenges facing farmers,especially poor roads network, inadequate fertilizer, insecticide/chemicals for spraying of cocoa, and other implements, they continue to produce food enough to feed the nation.
Hon. Ntow made these remarks in an interview with THE REPUBLIC after he donated a tricycle for this year best farmer at the Aowin District.
While commending the farmers for the hard work and dedication over the years, the MP said, “Whenever we sit at table for breakfast, lunch or supper, we need to remember to thank our farmers.”
He said, due to the poor road network couple with the menace of galamsey activities in the constituency, farming have decreased thus affecting the living standards of his constituents and Ghana as a whole, nothing that, farmers in the catchment areas were having a tough time carting their farm produce to towns and city centres.
Mr Ntow further explained that the Aowin district was one of the biggest cocoa producing areas in the country and yet roads leading to the communities were in very poor state.
The MP could not understand why such a strategic and economic road should be abandoned, especially in a cocoa session, where dry cocoa beans need to be sent to marketing centres.
The Aowin lawmaker however reiterated his call on the Akufo-Addo-led government to give priority to roads in cocoa growing areas which he noted will help improve cocoa production.
On the occasion of this year’s Farmers Day celebration, Mr Ntow donated a tricycle to the best farmer in the district which was the biggest prize.
The tricycle happened to be the first time and the highest luxurious farmers awards package in the history of farmers award day at Aowin district since the district start awarding its own farmers beside the national one.
He recalled that for the country to survive the threat of the fall army worms that mercilessly destroyed the nation’s food crops, farmers had proven resilient and demonstrated commitment to the cause of the nation.
Mr Alexander Margo, was adjudged the best district farmer and he took home the tricycle donated by the MP and other prizes..
Mr Ntow also called on the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA) to put in place all the necessary measures to support farmers across the country to ensure food security for all.
He stressed that, the need for the road from Enchi to Dadieso to be work on as it has become a death trap waiting to kill innocent citizens who ply that route.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba