Fire destroys cocoa farms in Dormaa East

Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, Chief Fire Officer

Dr. Albert Brown Gaisie, Chief Fire Officer

More than 90 acres of cocoa farms have been gutted by fire in the Dorma East District in the Brong Ahafo Region, during the first quarter of this year.

Also lost to the fire which ravaged vast area of the district, were food crops on about 60 acres land.

Mr Frank Kumih, the District Chief Executive of Dormaa East District asked the affected farmers to contact the district office of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) to collect free cocoa seedlings for replanting.

The DCE, who disclosed these at the Assembly’s second ordinary meeting at Wamfie in the district, asked the traditional leaders and other opinion leaders to champion a campaign against bush fires.

Mr Kumih said recalcitrant farmers who set indiscriminate bush fires should be  brought to book.

Concerning the financial situation of the Assembly, the DCE stated that it had collected GH¢52, 346.99.00 from January to March 2016, representing 24 per cent of the year’s target of GH¢221, 200. 00.

He said the Assembly committed 70 per cent of its budget allocation into the educational sector, offering financial support for some students in nursing training, senior high school, teacher training and universities.

Mr Kumih said that the Assembly supplied 800 dual desks for distribution to schools in the district.

He advised illegal mining operators in Dormaa Akwamu and Wamanfo to stop the practice.

He commended the Dormaahene, Osagyefo Oseadaeyo Agyeman Badu, for his singular effort to stop illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’ in the Dormaa area.

Mr Owusu Augustine, Presiding Member for the Dormaa East Assembly, advised Assembly members to assist the Electoral Commission carry out its electoral programmes.

The Assembly members resolved that their sitting allowance should be increased from GH¢30.00 to GH¢100.00 or GH¢50.00, to enable them meet urgent expenses.

- GNA    

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