The 2019 National Best Farmer, Charles Gyamfi, has asserted that farming, unlike in the past, has become very rewarding for farmers.
In an interview with Accra-based Okay FM, monitored by Adomonline.com, the 2019 national best farmer advised the youth not to rely solely on white collar jobs for their livelihood, but to also venture into agriculture as the sector is increasingly becoming very lucrative.
“I urge the youth to go into farming and not rely on white collar jobs only, farming is now ‘sweet’ and they will derive lots of benefits from it and so will the country,” he said.
Aside being a farmer, Mr Gyamfi, works as a court registrar.
Talking about his decision to become a farmer, Mr Gyamfi explained that, he didn’t want to become a financial burden to his family during his pension as was the case of those before him.
“I decided to go into farming after noticing that, people who had been court registrars for years were suffering financially during their pension and I didn’t want that for myself, hence my decision to go into serious farming,” he said.
Mr Gyamfi, in his 25 years of farming, has established vast plantations of roots and timber as well as livestock, and can boast of 10 acres of cassava, four acres of yam, 20 acres of cocoyam, 16.5 acres of garden eggs, 500 acres of cocoa, 10 acres of oil palm, 30 acres of plantain, 25 acres of citrus and 70 acres of cashew.
He is also a proud owner of two acres of legumes and 20 acres of teak/timber.
With regards to his animal enterprise, Mr Gyamfi has large ruminants constituting 75 cattles, 25 goats, 2,000 layers of poultry and additional five boxes of bee hives, three fish ponds typically tilapia and catfish and 1,000 snails.