A 60-year old James Obeng Boateng from the Brong Ahafo Region has been adjudged the 2018 National Best Farmer.
The 34th edition of the celebration was held in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, where he was presented with a GHc 480,000 cheque by President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Mr. Boateng, a father of six from the Nkoranza South District of the region, has been farming for the past 18 years.
He cultivates cassava, cocoyam, cereals, okro, pepper, garden eggs, mango and cashew, as well as rearing livestock like cattle, goats and sheep.
He also manages two fish ponds as well as 100 beehives.
Mr. Boateng has been described as a philanthropist and is also a former 1st Runner-Up at the awards in the Nkoranza District of the Brong Ahafo Region.
Philip Kweku Agyeman, who won the 2017 edition like Mr. Boateng, also hails from the Brong Ahafo Region.
Charity Akotia, who is based in the Central Region, was adjudged the 1st Runner-Up, while Alex Frimpong, who farms in the Kwahu Afram Plains of the Eastern Region, came in third.
The National Farmers’ Day was instituted in 1985 in recognition of the role farmers and fishers play in the economy.
The prize for the first best farmer notably comprised two machetes, a pair of Wellington boots and a preset radio at a national durbar held at Osino in the Eastern Region in 1985.