LOCAL NEWS: Ghana Set To Celebrate Farmer's Day 2020 Today
Updated: Nov 6, 2020
Ghana will be celebrating another edition of the Farmer's Day celebration across the country.
The celebration is set to be on the theme "Agribusiness Development under COVID-19 – Opportunity and Challenges”
The National Farmer’s Day is a statutory public holiday in Ghana observed on the first Friday of December but in election years, the Farmer's Day celebration is held on the first Friday of November, though the first Friday in December remains a Statutory Public Holiday.
Since it was introduced by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 1988, the first Friday in December has been set aside to honour farmers and fishermen for their efforts in feeding the nation and recognize the vital contributions of a strong agricultural sector to the prosperity of the Ghanaian economy.
A programme of activities takes place to mark the day including prizes which are awarded to deserving farmers and fishers in order of best practices and outputs.
A National Farmers Forum takes place at which the award winners can meet policymakers and experts on technological advances in the agricultural sector and also make their views known.
This holiday reflects the importance of agriculture in Ghana.
According to the CIA World Factbook, Agriculture accounts for about 20% of GDP and employs more than half of the workforce, mainly small landholders.
Each year the Minister of the Interior declares this day as a statutory Public Holiday and urges the public across the country to observe it as such.
ThinkNews Online and Think Media Expert wish Ghanaian Farmers 'Ayekoo'.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith