Ghana Farmers' Day

Ghana Farmers' Day

First Friday in December
Much of Ghana's national economy revolves around agriculture, so it is only appropriate that this African country reserves a date to honor its farmers and provide them a day off from their labors. The national administration also uses the occasion to announce its agricultural plans and development policies for the next year.
In 1985 the Provisional National Defense Council, which then constituted Ghana's administration, established the holiday in response to a drought three years before that had imposed serious burdens on farmers and agricultural production. Ghanaian leaders wished to highlight the farmers' struggles and convey their plans to revitalize the agricultural industry. That year's festivities were held in Osino in the Eastern Region, which was most affected by the drought. Similarly, subsequent celebrations have convened in the regions of the country most affected by harvest-time conditions like drought or flooding.
An important component of the day is the awards ceremony, which is held on the regional and the national levels. Judges who have followed farmers' achievements throughout the year bestow prizes for excellence in such categories as husbandry practices, ecological awareness, use of new technology, and contributions to the local community.
CONTACTS:
Embassy of Ghana
3512 International Dr. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-686-4520; fax: 202-686-4527
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