At the 34th National Farmers Day celebration held at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in Tamale on Friday, December 8, 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, making what he described as “a very important announcement”, said the government had added to the national awards package for farmers and fisher folk scholarships for their children and their wards
The scholarships are for local tertiary programmes, ranging from first degree to PhD, in any agricultural subject of their choice.
Since from last year, the scholarship Secretariat mobilize all the award winners, both National and Regional, to Morroco, one of the agricultural leading countries, for workshop shop on how to improve upon their agricultural activities.
This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2019 winners couldn’t, make it to their Morocco trip,so three days (3) Agribusiness Capacity building workshop has been organised in Kumasi for the 2019 award-winning farmers and fishermen which held under the theme “Transforming Agriculture Into A Sustainable Business: Practical Driven Solution For Effective Planning”
It was organised by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), in collaboration with the Scholarship Secretariat to sensitize the farmers on what supposed to learn from Morocco which has been halt.
Speaking at a workshop, the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, Mr Kingsley Agyemang, said the scheme, which is a new twist to the National Farmers Day celebration, would not be purely academic but dependent on the needs of farmers.
According to him, the objective was to help the farmers improve on their farming practices to eventually improve on their production.
He explained that aside from the farmers themselves who might need capacity building in special areas, there was the opportunity for the beneficiaries to select either their dependents or workers to benefit from the scholarship, based on the needs of the business and who was available.
Ghana Ambassador to Morroco, His Excellency Stephen Mahamudu Yakubu, who was invited as guest speaker, shared his view on how agricultural can be done best for financial purpose.
MICHAEL AFRANE- KUMASI