The Overall Best Farmer for the Prestea-Huni Valley District of the Western Region has returned all the items he received as part of his award at this year’s Farmers’ Day celebration held at Dumase near Bogoso.
Mr. John Enimil, a 35-year-old, who was adjudged as the district’s Overall Best Farmer on Friday, December 1, 2017, went home with four knapsack sprayers, a bicycle, five wellington boots, nine cutlasses, 2 radio sets, a flat-screen TV and a table-top fridge.
Mr. Enimil owns 120 acres of rubber plantation, 52 acres of cocoa farm, 10 acres of sugarcane farm, 10 acres of palm nut plantation, 2 acres of rice farm, 2 acres of cocoyam, 2 fish ponds, 150 of local fowls, 150 of poultry fowls, 85 trees of pea and 360 coconut trees.
Currently, he has a total staff of 15 workers.
Barely a week after receiving his award from the government, Mr. Enimil has returned all his items to the Agriculture Department in the District.
Confirming the news to Ghanaweb, Mr. Enimil explained that the package given to him as the Overall Best Farmer was a disgrace to him and Prestea-Huni Valley.
According to him, “In 2016 the Overall Best Farmer received a brand new tricycle (Aboboya) so I was expecting the same or very important items than this bicycle”, he lamented.
“The District has embarrassed me and there is no way I will take the items again, they should take their items”, he added.
“What pains me a lot is a common certificate they didn’t give me some, and these people think I’m not a human being, they take us the farmers for granted”, he told Ghanaweb.
He also revealed that the Member of Parliament for the area has called him, and pleaded with him to exercise patience as the District is trying to resolve the issue. He, however, says he is unconvinced despite the MP’s call.
Meanwhile, the District Director of Agriculture of the District, Gabriel Adjargo, has declined comment on the matter.
The situation has generated a lot of hullabaloo in the District.
This year’s celebration was under the theme, “Farming for Food and Jobs”.