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Minister appeals for support for Farmers Day
Posted on: 15-Aug-2013         Source: GNA
Dr Ahmed Yakubu Alhassan, Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture, has appealed to corporate institutions and new businesses to support this year’s National Farmers Day celebration.

He said the cost of organising the event was expensive, which the Ministry’s budget alone could not run.

Dr Alhassan made the appeal when he received a cheque for GH˘10,000 from the National Investment Bank (NIB) as their contribution towards this year’s National Farmers Day.

The event, which comes-off on December 6, 2013 at the Sogakope Senior High School, is on the theme: “Reducing Post-harvest Losses for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition.” It also marks the 29th Farmers Day Celebration.

Dr Alhassan commended the bank for their continuous support to the Farmers Day programme over the years.

He said the contribution of NIB towards the National Farmers Day had become a culture of the bank, which must be applauded.

He said it cost GH˘1.5 million to organise the 2012 National Farmers Day programmes across the country and this year’s programme had been estimated to cost GH˘2.00 million to organise.

Mr Jerry Nathaniel Halm, Head of Marketing and Corporate Affairs of NIB, who presented the cheque, said the bank over the years, had been associated with the celebration of the National Farmers Day and the presentation of the GH˘10,000 was one of such gestures.

Other corporate organizations, who had earlier donated towards the celebration, included CFAO, donating a trailer and a cultivator while CALLI Ghana Ltd presented a cheque for GH˘25,000.

Meanwhile, other corporate bodies such as YARA Ltd, Weinco Ghana Ltd and Guinness Ghana Ltd had responded to the Minister’s call to support this year’s National Farmers Day programme.