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Charles Gyamfi crowned 2019 National Best Farmer

A 58-year-old farmer, Charles Gyamfi, has been adjudged the 2019 National Best Farmer. Mr. Gyamfi, from the Tano North District of the Ahafo Region, was honoured at the 2019 Farmers’ Day celebration held in the Volta Regional capital, Ho.  Abdulai Atiku Seidu, Upper West Region, was the 1st runner-up, while the 2nd runner-up was Nana Yaw Sarpong Serebuo, from the Ashanti Region. He cultivates cassava, cocoyam, cereals, okro, pepper, garden eggs, mango and cashew.

He also rears cattle, goats, sheep and manages two fish ponds as well as 100 boxes of beehives. He has 500 acres of cocoa, 10 acres of cassava, 4 acres of yam, 20 acres of cocoyam, 60 acres of maize, 16.5 acres of garden eggs, 10 acres of oil palm, 30 acres of plantain, 25 acres of citrus and 75 acres of cashew and 20 acres of teak.

In addition, Mr. Gyamfi has 75 cattle, 28 goats, 2,000 layers, 5 beehives, 3 fishponds and 1,000 snails. He took home the prize money of $100,000 in cedi equivalent. Mr. Gyamfi takes over from James Obeng Boateng who won the 34th edition in 2018. Other award winners on the day were Philomena Tenge from the Eastern Region, who won the national best female farmer award.

Charles Gyamfi has been farming for the past 25 years, producing cocoa, cassava, maize, garden eggs and citrus fruits among others. The father of five also rears cattle, goats and poultry. He owns five boxes of bee hives, fish ponds and mans over a hundred employees.  Talk about value addition, Mr. Gyamfi produces fruit juices with produce from his farm and the cassava serves as a rich ingredient for gari which sells well in his community.

The national award comes with a prize of the cedi equivalent of $100,000, a significant improvement from the event’s first edition in 1985 where the winner took home cutlasses. Mr. Gyamfi had his cheque presented to him by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the event’s 35th edition.  In a citation, the overall best farmer was described as a philanthropist who has contributed to the betterment of his community folk.

Philomena Tenge from the Eastern Region won the national best female farmer and Ayuba Jibrila from the Ashanti Region walked away as the national best youth farmer.

 

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