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60-yr-old graduate named 2018 National Best Farmer

Boateng was rewarded with a cheque for GH¢480,000 in addition to other prizes.

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A 60-year-old farmer from the Nkoranza South District of the Brong Ahafo Region, James Obeng Boateng, was adjudged the 2018 National Best Farmer in Ghana.

Boateng was rewarded with a cheque for GH¢480,000 in addition to other prizes.

He has been farming for the past 18 years, producing cassava, cocoyam, cereals, okro, pepper, garden eggs, mango and cashew.

The father of six also rears cattle, goats, sheep and manages two fish ponds as well as 100 boxes of beehives.

Boateng holds a tertiary education.

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He has a total of 102 employees comprising of 45 full time workers, 55 casual workers and 2 others from his family.

He is a father with six children.

His cheque was presented to him by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the events.

Besides crops, he has a large herd of cattle, sheep and goats. In addition, he has a poultry farm and 100 beehives and has two fish ponds with tilapia and catfish.

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He holds a farming certification from South Africa and participates in several projects to help his community including the building of schools and renovation of teachers’ bungalows.

A farmer from the Central region, Charity Akotia, was also adjudged the 1st Runner-Up while Alex Frimpong who farms in the Kwahu Afram Plains of the Eastern region took the 2nd Runner-Up position.

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