ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI Iduapriem Mine has been awarded a certificate as the best corporate sponsor.
At this year’s Municipal farmers day celebration organised at Bompieso by the Prestea Huni-Valley District, the Municipal Chief Executive of the Prestea Huni-Valley District Assembly, Mr. Robert Wisdom Cudjoe, commended the Mine for demonstrating a high level of commitment towards agricultural development and women empowerment in the district.
He appealed to women to venture into agriculture and approach it as a business to help better their lives.
Receiving the certificate on behalf of the Mine, a Senior Community Development Officer of the Mine, Enoch Osei, expressed appreciation for the certificate of recognition.
“The Initiative was instituted in 2011 as part of efforts of the Mine to encourage more women to venture into agriculture. It was also to complement the efforts of government to promote the vocation and since then more women from our host communities have left no stone unturned,” he said.
In the Tarkwa-Nsuaem District, the celebration was organized at Agona. Fifty-year-old Hajia Amidu from Boamah, a community in Awhietieso, near Tarkwa, took home the award of the best female farmer.
Having been in the farming business for over fourteen years, she indicated that her hard work had yielded results and that she was humbled by her award, adding, “The award package will motivate me to work harder in producing food for my family and the nation at large”
Touching on the contributions of AngloGold Ashanti Iduapriem Mine to the agriculture sector, the Municipal Agricultural Director for Tarkwa Nsuaem, Mr. Joseph Nii Tettey Out, said the support by Iduapriem Mine towards the municipal farmers day celebrations has been tremendous over the years and that he was optimistic more companies in the municipality would emulate the gesture Iduapriem extended to the Municipal Agriculture Directorate and farmers.
“I am of the view that by supporting female farmers to ensure that the vocation becomes attractive it will directly create employment and there will be enough to feed on and sold at farm gates as well as the entire agriculture value chain business,” he said.
The items the Mine donated to support the best female farmers include packets of roofing sheets, orthopaedic mattresses, sewing machines, shovels, two sets of 32” plasma colour television sets, wax prints, pairs of wellington boots, four bags of fertilizers, machetes, spraying machines, and sound systems.
The theme for this year’s celebration was “Agriculture, a business response to economic growth.