Ibrahim Musah is 2015 Best Farmer

Mr Ibrahim Musah, a 48-year-old farmer from Dormaa in the Brong Ahafo Region is the 2015 National Best Farmer.

For his prize he received a three-bedroom house, GHc3,000 from Kasapreko Distilleries, a desk top computer with printer, a lap top and a certificate.

Mr Musah who has no formal education, has 13 years farming experience, and is married with six children.

He won the award with a record of cultivating 207 acres of maize, 10 acres of cocoyam, a seven-acre cassava plantation, 12 acres of citrus, 10 acres of plantain, two acres of okro, six acres of yam, one acre of tomatoes, 20 acres of teak, 12 acres of oil palm and two acres of pepper.

With poultry and livestock he has 150,000 layers, 40 guinea fowls , 80 goats and sheep, 40 herds of cattle, 70 local birds, 49 turkeys, as well as the cultivation of mushroom, tilapia and cat fish ponds, among others.

Mr Gideon Anaba, a teacher from Bawku Municipality came second and Mrs Charity Akotua from Agona West in the Central Region placed third.

A representative of the Past Best Farmers Association, Mr David Korboe, thanked the government for initiating many interventions in the agricultural sector to transform the economy.

He called on government to review the fertilizer subsidy and encouraged the youth to take advantage of the numerous opportunities and go into farming to sustain the sector.

Dignitaries present at event included Mr Mark Woyongo , Minister of Interior, Mr Fifi Kwetey, the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Ms Hannah Bissiew, Deputy Minister of Agriculture in charge of Livestock, Mr Cletus Avoka, Member of Parliament for Zebilla Costituency, chiefs, MPs, District Chief Executives, and officials from MOFA, among many others.

Vice President Amissah-Arthur who was expected to address the function, could not attend because his flight was cancelled due to bad weather conditions resulting from severe harmattan weather.

This year’s national farmers day celebration was held in the Upper East Regional capital, Bolgatanga, with the theme, “Transform Ghana, Invest in Agriculture”.