The National Investment Bank (NIB) has donated Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (GHc30, 000) to the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA). This is to assist the Ministry in the organization of this year’s National Farmers Day Celebration. The donation forms part of NIB’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives towards encouraging farming in Ghana, the purpose for which the National Farmers’ Day Celebration is organised.
The event which is organized annually on the first Friday of December, is aimed at recognizing the contributions of farmers across the country. This year’s ceremony which is the 33rd Farmers’ Day was launched in August 2017 and is under the theme ‘Planting for Food and Jobs.’
Receiving the cheque on behalf of the Ministry, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture Hon. Dr. Sagre Bambangi said the donation will “certainly make a positive impact on this year’s celebration as it would enable government adequately show its profound gratitude to farmers for their unquenchable dedication in feeding the people of this country.” According to the Dept. Minister, government has instituted a number of initiatives which if successfully rolled out would help boost agricultural yields massively. These include the supply of fertilizers, construction of dams, provision of agricultural implements and the subsequent mechanization generally, of agriculture.
Supporting farmers in their quest to produce more according to Mr. Bambangi is critical for the growth and sustenance of the economy. This he says is because abundance of food crops and other agricultural produce would essentially curb the unbridled imports of food crops that could easily be cultivated and grown in the country. Curtailing imports he added, would eventually help stabilize the local currency and create the enabling environment for the creation of more jobs.
Head of the Corporate Affairs Department of NIB, Mr. Charles Wordey who presented the cheque to the Ministry said “farmers have over the years provided a range of agricultural produce for the country so it is appropriate that we celebrate them. We believe by showing our appreciation with this amount our farmers will be motivated to continue providing for the country.”