Nandom Assembly promotes dry season farming

Cuthbert Baba Kuupiel,Nandom MCEThe Nandom District Assembly is taking advantage of the availability of water in the Black Volta River to promote dry season farming in the area.

The assembly has purchased some heavy duty water pumping machines and equipment to support farmers to cultivate bambara beans, vegetables and maize to enhance their livelihoods.

The farmers, who are normally idle after harvesting their crops and consume what they had produced for the year, now count see the assembly’s dry season farming project, as a blessing.

The project is being implemented in communities along the Black Volta River including Ketuo, Gengenkpe, Naapaal, Sonne and Dabateng.

Mr. Cuthbert Baba Kuupiel, Nandom District Chief Executive, made this known at the Nandom District Public Accountability Forum held in Nandom last Friday.

He said it was the intention of the assembly to extend the project to all communities along the Black Volta River, in order to engage the youth in food crop production to improve their income levels and health status.

Mr. Kuupiel said for communities that were not along the (Black Volta) river, the assembly would rehabilitate dugouts at Gosiir, Takuu, Brutu, Zimuopare and Tuopare under the Ghana Social and Opportunities Project (GSOP).

Some feeder roads in those areas would also be rehabilitated to facilitate the transportation of farm produce and movement of people, goods and services.

He said the assembly would encourage the youth to embrace the project to enhance agricultural activities, and improve their livelihoods and reduce migration.

The forum, which was the first of its kind in the district, was to open the assembly’s operations to the people and to solicit ideas, inputs, contributions and criticisms from all stakeholders for effective management of the assembly.

Heads of departments, traditional rulers, development partners, non-governmental organisations and a cross section of the public participated in the forum. —GNA

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