Agriculture has historically been a cornerstone of economic activity in rural areas, particularly in the Abuakwa North Municipality of the Eastern Region of Ghana.

The region’s agricultural sector encompasses a wide range of activities, including crop cultivation, livestock rearing, and agro-processing. This vital industry not only provides employment opportunities but also contributes to the local and national food supply. Additionally, it serves as a key driver of economic growth and development within the community and the country as a whole.

On May 17th, 2024, the Municipal Chief Executive of Abuakwa North Municipality, Hon. Alhaji Umar Babs Bondiga, took a significant step to bolster the local agricultural sector and empower farmers by distributing a range of farming inputs and equipment. These included items such as boots, fertilizers, weedicides, and cutlasses, all crucial for enhancing agricultural productivity and sustainability within the community.

The initiative was warmly received by ninety-five (95) local farmers, who greatly appreciated the municipality’s support, which also included free coconut and oil palm seedlings.

According to the MCE, the distributed items are not available for purchase. He emphasized that farmers should not sell these supplies but instead use them to benefit from the enhanced productivity. “We gave them out for free; they shouldn’t sell them but use them and benefit from them,” he stated. He also mentioned plans to involve and educate the youth about the importance of agriculture.

Hon. Bondiga highlighted that the availability of raw materials for manufacturing palm oil, an activity some women’s groups in the Municipality are engaged in, will now be simpler, less stressful, and more cost-effective for factories.

The recipients of the supplies enthusiastically expressed their gratitude and plans to utilize them effectively. They praised the Nana Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party government and the Assembly for addressing their needs.

Mr. Anthony Nartey, the Municipal Agricultural Director, discussed his role in requesting and obtaining the coconut and palm nut seedlings to assist farmers.

Credit: Appianimaa Mercy