Basyonde (U/E), Dec. 02, GNA - Farmers in the Garu-Tempane District of the Upper East Region have called on the District Assembly and all stakeholders to help construct a bridge over the Tampigu River.
The farmers made the call during a press conference at Basyonde where they met to highlight their concerns over the weekend.
The event organised with support from the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge (BUSAC) Fund saw the Secretary of the Asungtaaba Farmers Association, Mr Geoge Alale, who lamented that each year, four communities namely Tampigu, Tarivango, Sarabogo and Kolug are usually cut off completely from the district capital during rainy season.
He said the farmers in these communities are losing all their income due to the absence of a bridge over the Tampigu River which cuts across the farming communities.
Mr Alale said as a result of the unfortunate situation, the four communities yearly encounter high production costs and severe post harvest losses due to their inability to transport their produce across the river to the expected markets for sale.
He said though the the Garu-Tempane District Assembly had constructed a feeder road leading to the river the absence of a bridge has not improved their lot.
He said the situation had not only affected farmers but that the development of education and health in the society has remained stagnant as whenever it rains teachers, health workers and school children cannot cross to work or school.
Mr Alale said the construction of the bridge will facilitate easy movement of people, goods and services across the river thereby enhance economic and social activities.
The BUSAC Service Provider, Mr Ernest Beyuo Aayel, urged the farmers not to relent in their advocacy activities and appealed to them to use the knowledge and skills they had acquired from the BUSAC training programmes to achieve their desired goals.
It would be recalled that during the recent floods that hit the region, communities in the area were completely cut off. Also during the 2007 floods the area was also affected by the floods leading to the destruction of farm produce and properties.