Farmer's Day in Ghana in 2020

Farmer's Day in Ghana in 2020
A woman farming in Northern Ghana Image by Patrick Sakyi , via Wikimedia Commons

  Dates of Farmer's Day in Ghana
2022 Ghana Fri, Dec 2 Public Holiday
2021 Ghana Fri, Dec 3 Public Holiday
2020 Ghana Fri, Dec 4 Public Holiday
2019 Ghana Fri, Dec 6 Public Holiday
2018 Ghana Fri, Dec 7 Public Holiday
  Summary
The first Friday of every December is set aside by the government as Farmers' Day and is celebrated as a statutory Public Holiday

Farmer's Day in Ghana in 2020

The theme for this year's celebration is "Agribusiness Development under COVID-19 – Opportunity and Challenges.”

When is National Farmer's Day?

National Farmer’s Day is a statutory public holiday in Ghana observed on the first Friday of December.

In election years, the Farmer's Day celebration is held on the first Friday of November, though the first Friday in December remains a Statutory Public Holiday.

History of National Farmer's Day

Since it was introduced by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in 1988, the first Friday in December has been set aside to honour farmers and fishermen for their efforts in feeding the nation and recognise the vital contributions of a strong agricultural sector to the prosperity of the Ghanaian economy.

A programme of activities takes place to mark the day including prizes which are awarded to deserving farmers and fishers in order of best practices and outputs. A National Farmers Forum takes place at which the award winners can meet policymakers and experts on technological advances in the agricultural sector and also make their views known.

This holiday reflects the importance of agriculture in Ghana. According to the CIA World Factbook, Agriculture accounts for about 20% of GDP and employs more than half of the workforce, mainly small landholders.

Each year the Minister of the Interior declares this day as a statutory Public Holiday and urges the public across the country to observe it as such.

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