Farmers’ Day is a day set aside to celebrate Ghanaian Farmers across the country. It is celebrated on the first Friday of December every year. The first Farmers Day in Ghana was celebrated in 1985 after the country went through a severe famine in 1983 and 1984. The government then in its quest to motivate people to take up farming instituted this award scheme. Agriculture is said to be the backbone of the Ghanaian economy. The farmers break their backs to ensure that this backbone is held intact. It then becomes imperative that a day is set aside to celebrate their hard work to motivate them. This also helps to draw others into the profession.

The Ellembele District celebrated this year’s Farmer’s Day at Sanzule on the 24 of November. It was celebrated a week earlier because the region will be hosting the National Farmers Day event on the 1st of December. Every district in the Western Region was mandated to hold its events earlier to make way for the national event. The event at Sanzule was attended by the District Chief Executive, Chiefs, Magistrate, Farmers, and people from all walks of life in the district.

In his speech, the District Chief Executive for the Ellembele District, Hon Kwasi Bonzoh, reiterated the need for the people to go back to farming since it is what has kept the economy afloat all these years before the oil discovery. He said oil is a finite resource that will be depleted with time but agricultural products will always be needed since we can’t do without it. He said ENI Exploration has made tremendous investment in the agricultural sector in the district which has helped increase food production in the district. Through this initiative, the district now has farmers who grow a variety of vegetables and a poultry farmer who produces about two thousand crates of eggs a day.  To end his speech, he announced that before the year ends the district will launch a community mining project to help streamline mining activities in the district.

The chief of Sanzule, Nana Asafo Boakye III appealed to the President of Ghana, through the DCE, to bless the district with a factory that will use the coconuts produced in the district. He said he and his people are waiting on the government for the One District One Factory project promised them.

The award for the best farmer in the district went to Mohammed Abubakar. He received a tricycle. The first and second runners-up were given motorbikes, knapsack spraying machines, and a bar of soap. Other awardees had cutlasses, sewing machines, television sets, mattresses, knapsack sprayers, and bars of soap among others. Ghana Gas Company, ENI Explorations, Jomoro Rural Bank, Quantum, Adamus Resource Company, Lower Pra Rural Bank, and the Member of Parliament for the District sponsored the event.