“Agriculture not only gives riches to a Nation, but the only riches she can call her own.” – Samuel Johnson.
As celebrations for this year’s National Farmers’ Day draws closer, Kairos Ladies Network would like to congratulate all Ghanaian farmers especially women farmers who produce about 70% of all food crops. Agriculture is Ghana’s most important economic sector, employing more than half the population on a formal and informal basis and accounting for almost half of GDP and export earnings. Ghana commands a great share of the African quota on the EU market in fruits and vegetables export, processed tuna, cut fresh pineapples, other prepared fish and tomato paste.
Brenda Schoepp, a farmer once quoted, “My grandfather used to say that once in your life, you will need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but every day, three times a day, you will need a farmer.”
Just imagine going to the market and finding nothing to buy home to cook. No meat, no fish, no dairy products, no fruits. Just nothing! Take a minute to think of the things you buy in the market, and ask yourself if any of these things you buy to eat are not a product of a farmer’s hard work. Is it the palm oil? Someone must first plant a palm tree. Is it milk? Someone must rear and milk a cow.
It doesn’t matter if you farm vegetables, crops, fruits, diary, sheep, birds or cattle, we celebrate you being a farmer. We are thankful to you for the hard work through the rain and the scorching sun just to make sure we have meals to feed our ourselves and families and a growing economy.
Farming and agriculture are significant in every culture. Though there are differences in what is grown, methods applied and materials used, all agriculture communities have something in common and that is the farmer. Farmers are said to be the lifeline of agriculture, they nurture a product from time of sowing till the time it reaches the markets.
Countries all over the world have special days set aside to celebrate farmers. In Ghana, the National Farmers’ Day is commemorated on December 2nd each year to celebrate farmers and fishers. This event recognizes the vital positions farmers and fishers occupy in our socio- economic development.
KLANET is super excited to be part of this wonderful celebration. We believe in Agriculture; we believe in Women in Agriculture. We believe that the farmer is very important to our development and we recognize their most important role in providing food for all, improving nutrition, creating employment and building a better Ghana. Ayekoo to all farmers!! Thank you for your relentless efforts in achieving global food security!!! Happy Farmers Day..!!🙂🙂
“Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals and happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson, 1787.
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