On Thursday February 7 2019 at the premises of Blue Skies Company in Nsawam, there was a presentation of awards to the winners of the keen school farm competition 2018 where the various schools that competed were highly resourced but Koforidua Asokore SDA SHS emerged winners with respect to the SHS category while the Chinto L/A J.H.S. also emerged winners in the basic school category and each school went home with 5 Desktop Computers.
The ever competitive competition which is aimed at sensitization the Youth the need to engage in Agriculture due to its enormous benefits had two categories. The SHS category which featured those in the second cycle institutions and the other being the basic which also involved those in the basic Schools.
Pope Johns SHS became the 1st runner up while Aburi Sectech followed as the 2nd Runner up.
Not only was it awards day but was coupled with interactions with the schools involved and were also taken for excursion in the company.
However, Mr Alistair Djimatey who led the program said the main idea of this program thus school farm competition is to give young people the platform to know the opportunities that exist in agriculture and not see it as a punishment.
Again, he said, based on their research they conducted some years back in schools, they realized that every child want to be something else apart from being a farmer and as an Agri-Business it is their major concern hence they piloted this program which enable school children to grow vegetables, assess and reward them based on their understanding and commitment.
Mr. Djimatey believes that if this program becomes a Nationwide program, in some years to come Ghana’s agriculture outlook will change. He then urged stakeholders in Agriculture, Government and other Organizations that have interest in agriculture to partner and support them to move this program forward.
He said if our agriculture system is good, it will produce enough to feed the industries and the industries will provide the jobs we need which will solve the unemployment we are facing as a country.
Chinto L. A J. H.S. in Koforidua emerged as winner in the basic school level followed by Church of Christ Koforidua J.H.S. and Akwane_Dodro J.H.S became third in the year’s blue skies school farm competition.
However, Mr. Emmanuel of Chinto L. A Jenoir High School emerged as the best teacher and to be flown abroad with Sumaila Abdul and Belinda also emerged as the best Male and Female respectively from the same school to be exposed to the benefits of agriculture.
By: Radio 1 News|Ghana