Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm Project gears up for 'The School Farm of the Year Competition'- Project Coordinator Mesherck Okunnor
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Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm Project gears up for 'The School Farm of the Year Competition'- Project Coordinator Mesherck Okunnor


By Jerry Akornor 


Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm Project Coordinator Mesharck Okunnor has expressed confidence that the school is living no stone unturned to participate in crucial 'School Farm of the Year Competition slated for December 2021. 

The School Farm of the Year competition was started in 2015 by the Blue Skies Foundation in collaboration with Waitrose and Albert Heijn. The aim of the competition was to help improve the image of agriculture in Ghana, solely to encourage more young people to single out farming as a career.

Accordingly, the award prizes are given to schools that produce the best farm in terms of how it has engaged students in farming to promote active learning, aimed at developing a positive attitude about food and agriculture, the environment and entrepreneurialism. 

Each year over 60 

Schools and 3,000 

students participate in 

the competition to grab 

the Blue Skies School Farm of the Year.

According to Mr. Okunnor, the decision to fully participate in 'The School Farm of the Year Competition' in December is anchored on their unwavering agenda to capture the topmost awards.

Speaking to Ghana News Desk on Saturday 15 May 2021 at Kyebi Amanfrom within Abuakwa South Municipality, the Educationist Meshark Okunnor said "We hope to sweep the first position in the JHS category". 

Having nursed seedlings in March 2021 and ransplanted in April, projected to kick-off harvesting by the third week of May this year,  Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm Project at Kyebi Amanfrom now cultivate sweet pepper with a farming plot size of 2500m², approximately, half of acre, a formidable bedrock and significant strides in warming up to vying for foremost 'School Farm of the Year Competition' in Ghana. According to Mr. Mesherck Okunnor Wirenkyiren MA JHS Farm is projected to produce significant number of bags of sweet pepper solely to propel the mission and vision of the school to "participate and grab 'The School Farm of the Year Competition awards". 

 

Apparently, 'The School Farm of the Year Competition' remains the foremost annual school farm competition in Ghana, powered by Blue Skies School farm Project, covering interested JHS and SHS in the Eastern, Greater Accra, Central and Volta Regions of Ghana. With agriculture contributing over 60% to the Ghanaian economy, it is long overdue to to whip up the interest of the youth and students towards agriculture. 

The company supplies the shortlisted schools with seedlings, farm implements, tools, organizes workshop for the schools, and supervises the project until the crops mature for harvesting to pave the way for openings for the competition. The best school and best students are awarded with computers coupled with other categories of awards. 

Meanwhile, Mesharck Okunnor has called on Ghana Education Service to re-introduce Agriculture Science at JHS level to inculcate farming in students. 

He told Ghana News Desk that "Government should reintroduce agricultural science as a separate subject back at the JHS because the economy of Ghana largely depends  on agriculture".


"If agricultural science is not brought back to the JHS, the teaming youth will gradually lose interest in agriculture and that will spell doom to the economy of Ghana".

According to Mr. Okunnor, Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm Project has chalked some success.

"Wirenkyiren MA JHS  was first runner up in the 2018 edition of the competition. "We received awards of three 8th generation computers, a plaque and citation. Proceeds from the project last two years has been used to start a school canteen for the school kids".

With Ghana hard-hit by infectious Covid-19 with its devastating impacts to the backbone of entities, Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm Project Coordinator Mesharck Okunnor is appealing to government through Ministry of Food and Agriculture, agencies, NGOs, Corporate Ghana, Civil Society Organizations, and philanthropists to come to their aid by of financial  supports, credit facilities and sponsorship to scale up production. 

"We would like government to reintroduce agriculture as a stand alone subject. We also want to invite NGOs and corporate Ghana, Philanthropists, CSOs etc, to visit our school and farm and offer any possible help to inculcate agriculture into our teaming youth and students. Partnership and sponsorship and loans are highly welcome", Mr. Okunnor said.

Located at Kyebi Amanfrom within the Abuakwa South Municipality, Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School farm Project is expected to become the topmost participant bagging several awards from the annual highly competitive contest and serving as a shining example to the West African sub region.

Blue Skies School farm Project Coordinator Mesharck Okunnor expressed confidence that "In two years time, the school wishes to to expand the farm and grow other crops win more awards, increase experience and yield of crop and have a good market that buys with a  weighing scale. We hope to sweep the first position in the JHS category".


Below are sounds and sights/videos from Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School Farm at Kyebi-Amanfrom: 



For enquiries: 

024 512 0220

Mesharck Okunnor

Blue Skies School Farm Project Coordinator 

Wirenkyiren MA JHS Blue Skies School farm Project is located at Kyebi Amanfrom, Abuakwa South Municipal- E/R, Ghana.


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