- JJ Rawlings has poured out his heart concerning farming on the 35th edition of the National Farmers' Day celebrations
- The former president urged educated youth, in his written speech, to see farming as a responsible calling
- Rawlings also used the opportunity to speak to all relevant stakeholders about farming
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Former president of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings has strongly encouraged the youth to go into farming.
This was part of the speech that the former president posted on his official Facebook page as sighted by YEN.com.gh
He titled the speech 'congratulations to our farmers' and proceeded to deliver a well-written script to mark the 35th edition of the National Farmers' Day.
Rawlings took his time to recognize and applaud the good works the government has done to encourage and promote farming in the country.
He made mention of how the Ministry of Agriculture has worked tirelessly to ensure self-sufficiency in food production as well as the promotion of export cash crops.
"The sector Ministry and rice farmers deserve commendation for their efforts at ensuring that we consume local rice," he said.
The respected former president also used the opportunity to commend the hardworking farmers themselves for the continued dedication to their work.
He told them that "Your daily toil, under very trying conditions provides our national food requirements, raw material for our industry and export commodities for the needed foreign exchange receipts."
To Ghanaians in general, the former president urged that they commit to consuming locally produced rice and helping improve upon the quality of what is produced.
Finally, he turned to the youth and recommended that the young and educated ones begin to see farming as a calling. A responsible calling.
He said: "While urging the private sector to support agriculture, this is a call to the youth, especially the educated young ones to endeavour to accept farming as a responsible calling that is not only rewarding but also of immense benefit to the country."
See the full written speech in the post below:
The former president is not the only person marking the Farmers' Day celebrations in a grand style. Not long ago, YEN.com.gh reported that a lady who has adorned herself with foodstuff to mark Farmers' Day celebrations has surfaced on social media.
The picture was sighted by YEN.com.gh as it got massive reactions from social media users. In the beautiful picture that was making waves, the lady who appears to be a farmer was spotted with palm nuts all over her.
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