Farmers’ Day Scrap holiday; it has no significance to farmers – GAWU

In a press statement to congratulate Ghanaian farmers, GAWU argued that the holiday is of no significance to the country’s hardworking farmers and fishers.

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The General Agricultural Workers Union, (GAWU) has called on the government to abolish the commemoration of farmers’ day as a statutory public holiday.

In a press statement to congratulate Ghanaian farmers, GAWU argued that the holiday is of no significance to the country’s hardworking farmers and fishers.

“The holiday has no significance to farmers. Farmers per their nature of work do not need a specific day through legislation as a holiday. The holiday does not benefit them.”

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“Farmers know when to rest, and they will do so at their own convenience cognisance of their work demands than per statute or legislation. More so, the public holiday does not add or do anything to ease the numerous challenges confronting farmers,” it added.

The government instituted the Farmers’ Day to appreciate and motivate farmers and fishers after the important role they played in restoring Ghana’s economy from the 1982-1983 food crisis.

Since 1986, when the first event was held, the day has been celebrated as a public holiday in the country but GAWU believes marking the day as such creates a loss of productivity to the state.

“It is GAWU’s request that government should abolish the farmers day holiday and use the money to be generated on that day to support agriculture,” it suggested.

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“The public holiday is one such huge avoidable loss to the country and should, therefore, be discontinued henceforth.”

GAWU instead suggested that the government uses the day to strategize for a better farming and fishery industry.

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