The Central Region is 90% ready in its preparations for the 37th National Celebrity Day celebration, to be held in Cape Coast, the regional capital.
The celebration, which will culminate on December 3, would be held at Adisadel College Park, which is undergoing a massive facelift with most hotels fully booked ahead of the event.
This includes a week-long agricultural exhibition and trade fair in addition to the Farmer Market initiative where farmers would showcase their produce directly to the consumer.
This is to give consumers the opportunity to buy at low prices, with good quality assurance and to allow traceability.
The National Agricultural Fair and Exhibition aims to provide the 16 regions with an opportunity to showcase their rich culture, agricultural products and machinery.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the guest of honor at the event, which will be chaired by Osabarimba Kwesi Atta II, the Omanhen from the traditional Oguaa region.
It is on the theme: “Planting for food and jobs; Strengthening food systems in Ghana.
Dr. Peter Omega, Regional Director for Agriculture, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, said that the winners upon arrival would undergo a medical screening exercise at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC).
He said the Ministry of Food and Agriculture would present four winners from each region along with others who would be awarded by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture and the Ghana Cocoa Board.
Industry players, winners and all other stakeholders would be hosted by the Agricultural Development Bank (AfDB) at the RCC.
Winners would have the opportunity to visit four industrial sites, including the R&B farms and the Twifo oil palm plantation.
The AfDB would engage them in a forum on December 2 to sensitize them on some technical issues and how they could access funds to grow their businesses.
Dr Omega said the Great Durbar would be unique and provide the opportunity for farmers to learn from each other and urged all to actively participate in promoting a good network.
More than 100 farmers, fishermen, extension workers and others are expected to be recognized at this year’s event.
Mr. Solomon Kusi, the big winner of the National Farmers Day Celebration 2020, held at Techiman in Bono East Region, had already received his cash prize of GH¢570,000.00.
National Farmers Day was instituted in 1985 by the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC), led by former President Jerry John Rawlings, and has since been observed on the first Friday of each December to recognize the contribution of farmers, following the 1983 famine.
The celebration has ranged from the initial stages where the top farmer received machetes, a pair of Wellington boots and a transistor radio to the current situation where they receive a house built in their preferred location, tractors and cash prizes among other things. .