The Overlord of Dagbon, Ya Na Abukari II, has praised the National Best Farmer for 2021, 44-year-old Alhaji Mohammed Mashud, who hails from Mion District in the Northern Region.

He said the award was for the people of Dagbon, thus, urged the youth in the area and the country, to emulate the achievement of the national best farmer.

“This award is for the people of Dagbon, and we call on the youth of Dagbon especially, and Ghana in general to emulate him.”

Ya-Na Abukari II commended the Minister of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto when he called on him at his Gbewa Palace in Dagbon in the Northern Region on Sunday, 5 December 2021.

Dr Afriyie Akoto is on a tour of the five regions in northern Ghana, and it forms part of phase three of his annual agricultural tour across the country.

Ya Na Abukari II assured the minister of the Dagbon Traditional Council’s readiness to work with his ministry to ensure that the government’s vision for the agriculture sector is achieved.     

He also applauded the government for its Fertiliser Improvement Policy and expressed delight at the benefits that have accrued to farmers in Dagbon.

While congratulating the minister’s reappointment, Ya Na Abukari II lamented that northern Ghana was still lagging behind when it comes to development, noting that it was sad that a greater percentage of arable lands in that part of the country, were left with less attention in terms of usage.