Are farmers awarded on their day as formality or because they deserve to be

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The farmers day celebration was instituted to celebrate farmers for their contribution towards national development through the production of food for domestic consumption, and export for foreign exchange.

Yesterday another farmers day was observed to appreciate the hard work of our farmers across the country over the past year. The ceremonies  took place at district, regional and national levels.

Some farmers, especially at the regional and national level ceremonies, received enviable prices. The national best farmer for example is getting a house that is worth GH¢100,000 to be constructed by A.D.B.

However, the prizes that farmers in some districts received are nothing to write home about. They seemed more like gifts given to them just to observe the formality of giving farmers gifts on their day, rather than gifts meant to celebrate and appreciate their role in society.

Yesterday, some farmers in the eastern region were presented with T. rolls, cutlasses and bottles of ‘Joy Dadi’ bitters.

The question is; were the farmers awarded with such gifts because that is what they deserved or was it because it is customary to grace the occasion with an awards ceremony? If the former is true and this is what we think our farmers are worth, we have a very long way to go.

Over the year, while wealthy farmers received subsidies to produce more, poor farmers who rather need assistance had to buy inputs with their little money to produce food for the nation. In the end, wealthy farmers are rewarded for their work with more wealth and poor farmers are ‘insulted’ with petty gifts.

When will we do away with that attitude of ‘help the rich get richer and the poor get poorer’?

How will T. tolls, and bottles of ‘Joy Dadi’ motivate farmers?

Our hardworking farmers deserve better!

Joshua. M. Ngula

Posted by Joshua. M. Ngula

University of Ghana

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