Forty-three year old Nana Yaw Sarpong Siriboe was yesterday crowned the Overall National Best Farmer for 2022.
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Nana Sarpong Siriboe who hails from Asante Juabeng in the Ashanti Region for his prize received a cheque of GH¢1 million from Agriculture Development Bank (ADB) and a two night full compliments for two at Peduase Resort.
The first and second runner ups went to Mr Seth Adjei Fosu and Professor Akwasi Asabri Ameyaw respectively.
The National Best Livestock Farmer went to Yakubu Issah while the overall best fisher went to Mr Alex Cudjoe of the Central Region.
Other winners were the National Best Crop Farmer, Abraham Kwaku Adusei, and National Best Female Farmer, Yaa Ajele, National Best Fisher, first and second runner up went to Clement Addae Anokye and Christiana Mogyefa respectively.
The rest were National Best Cocoa Farmer, Bismark Forshi, National Best Young Cocoa Farmer, Peter Pentsil, Most Enterprising Female Farmer, Joyce Dapaah and Best Cocoa, Coffee and Cashew Picker, Bebe Akatuse.
This year’s event was on the theme: “Accelerating agricultural development through value addition” and took place at the Eastern Regional capital, Koforidua.
It was attended by thousands of people from across the country in an atmosphere charged amidst drumming and dancing.
In attendance were the police band and some cultural troops including the Klama Cultural Group from Odomase Krobo, Nea Onnim No Suaa, Ohu Cutural Group and Centre for National Culture Cultural Group, who put up a splendid cultural display as they welcomed dignitaries to the event grounds.
Other dignitaries also present were Acting Chief Director, MOFA, Mr Patrick Ankobiah, Chief Director of MOFAD, Mr Kwesi Armo-Himbson, Chairman of the National Farmers and Fishermen Award Winners Association of Ghana, Mr Davies Naah Korboe, and 2021 Overall National Overall Best Farmer, Alhaji Mashud Mohammed among others.
Some chiefs and clergy also present were the Korno of Manya Krobo, Nene Sackite, the Eastern Regional President of the ER House of Chiefs, Adontehene of Okuapeman, Otubour Gyan Kwasi, Nana Otuor Sribour, Chairman, Council of State, and General Overseer of the Eastern Regional International Central Gospel Church (ICGC), Reverend Dickson Tuffour Sarpong among others.
In his speech, Nana Siriboe expressed his gratitude to the government for appreciating his work and thanked MOFA staff for the extension services given to them.
He stated value addition was key to increasing profits in agriculture, adding that the theme for the occasion “Accelerating Agricultural Development through Value Addition” was accurate and timely.
He said the value addition required a huge youthful workforce and hence his outfit would partner the ministries and all stakeholders to promote the value addition agenda.
“We would engage the youth through hands on training to impact knowledge on best agricultural practices and to address key concerns in agriculture especially climate change, pest and disease control and post-harvest losses,” he stated.
He believed that would let the youth understand the business of agriculture, and would help them increase yields and make more money.
Nana Siriboe also stated his outfit together with the ministries would identify, motivate and mentor young entrepreneurial farmers.
“I would use myself as a role model to champion the youth in agricultural projects. I am a mechanical engineer by profession, so the youth now will know that gone are the days where agriculture was deemed to be for the aged, uneducated and unskilled,” he added.