35 year-old man John Kojo Enimil, who emerged the overall district best farmer for Prestea Huni/Valley in the Western region, has rejected the award.
The items he was given include; bicycle, deep freezer, 32 inch flat screen television set, four knapsack sprayers, five pairs of Wellington boots, two bars of key soap, two rubbers for storing cocoa, eight machetes, two confidor insecticides and two bottles of weedicide.
Mr Enimil told Adom News the items were returned to an agricultural extension agent of the Assembly on December 4.
He explained further that during the 2015 and 2016 farmers day programmes, the overall district best farmers received a tricycles each in addition to all the items and not a bicycle, pointing out that if the organizers of the programme cannot maintain the prizes for a farmer who had worked for years to help develop his community and the country, then they should not reduce it to discourage the youth from engaging in farming.
According to the 2017 district best farmer, he was expecting a tricycle to help transport his farm produce and not bicycle.
Meanwhile the president of concern farmers association Nana Oboadie Opambour Boateng Bonsu described the best farmer’s conduct as appalling.
“What the best farmer did was not the best way because according to tradition it’s not good to reject gifts given to you so the best farmer should have kept the prizes to show his respect” he said.
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Source: Adom News