Bad weather [Harmattan] prevented Ghana’s vice president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur from flying to the Upper East region to grace the 2015 National Farmers' Day celebration in Bolgatanga.
Amissah-Arthur was to represent President John Mahama who is currently in South Africa attending the Africa-China forum.
Over two thousand Ghanaian farmers and fishers across the country are being rewarded by government for their enormous contribution to the growth of the economy.
The Farmers' Day was instituted by the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) government in 1985 in recognition of the vital role farmers and fishers played in the economy especially the highly commendable output of farmers and fishermen in 1984 during which Agriculture contributed to 30% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
This achievement came after the bad agricultural years of 1982 and 1983 which saw the nation experiencing drought and wild bush fires. The day is therefore set aside to motivate farmers and to encourage them to produce more.
The first National Farmers' Day was celebrated on the first Friday of December 1986 at Osino in the Eastern Region. The first best farmer received two machetes, a pair of Wellington boots and a preset radio.
However the value of the awards has improved from year to year, moving from bicycle to power tillers to tractors, pick-ups and presently to a three-bedroom house which started in the year 2002.The last time the celebration was held in the Upper East Region was in 1999.
The Hazy Harmattan weather has forced a lot of domestic airlines to cancel flights from Accra to Kumasi and the Northern regions.
The unfortunate development left some passengers stranded at the various airports in Ghana on Thursday. The development has also taken a toll on the operations of the airline companies.