Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) PLC has announced a GH¢1,000,000 ultimate prize for the 2023 National Best Farmer. The amount forms part of a broader headline sponsorship package from the bank for the 39th National Farmers’ Day celebrations.
ADB Deputy Managing Director, Mrs. Eno Ofori-Atta, made the announcement at a short event at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Mrs. Eno Ofori-Atta said the sponsorship package is a testament to the bank’s commitment to enhancing its investment in the agricultural sector.
“Presenting this sponsorship package reiterates the bank’s continued commitment to supporting the country’s gallant farmers and fishers in our collective quest to improve food security, provide raw materials for agro-based industries and ensure sustainability, as well as create employment for the teeming youth in the country,” she added.
Mrs. Ofori-Atta stated that the GH¢1,000,000 pledge will be made available for the ultimate prize winner (2023 National Best Farmer) to expand his/her farming business and create more employment.
“The amount will enable the winner to invest in expanding their businesses and providing additional employment, as done by past National Best Farmers who prudently utilised their monies in that regard,” said the Deputy Managing Director.
She stated that apart from the ultimate prize of GH¢1,000,000 for the 2023 National Best Farmer, ADB is also sole sponsor of both the Welcome Cocktail for award winners and the Farmers’ Forum.
“We remain sole sponsor of the Farmers Forum – an event that brings farmers, fishers and agricultural experts together to brainstorm on contemporary best practices in order to ensure sustainable and profitable agriculture, as well as the Welcome Cocktail for the award winners,” she said.
Mrs. Eno Ofori-Atta reiterated that ADB will continue playing the lead role in spearheading the growth and sustainability of agriculture for wealth-creation in Ghana.
She congratulated all 2023 award winners in advance for their hard work and respective roles in ensuring the availability of food and farm produce for the good people of Ghana. She also commended government, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, and Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development for promoting agricultural development through policies and programmes such as the Annual National Farmers’ Day celebrations.
The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture (in charge of crops) and chairman of the National Farmers’ Day Planning Committee, Yaw Frimpong Addo, commended ADB for its unwavering commitment to the agricultural sector and Annual Farmers’ Day celebrations. This year’s National Farmers’ Day celebrations will take place from Monday, November 27 to December 1, 2023.