GNA – Mr Karim Nanyua, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Sissala East,
proclaimed that the New Patriotic Party – NPP is a farmer friendly government
working to make farming more lucrative and rewarding.
He said as a people
centred government, everything is being done to ensure that farmers are not
left out in the good governance system of the NPP administration.
“For the many
farmers who stay weeks without work after harvesting their farm produce by
December, gardening has been identified as an option for such farmers to
indulge in, hence, government’s extension of gardening materials to farmers in
the Sissala East municipality”, he said.
Mr Nanyua said this
during the handing over of four new pumping machines to the Vegetable Producers
Association of Tumu, Tasor, Welembelle and Kong to aid in their dry season
tillers and other equipment were distributed as one of the surest ways to
tackle poverty in the area to engage in dry season gardening”, he said.
He said it is in
this vein that government is constructing dams across the municipality under
its ‘one village one dam’ policy to provide water for farmers to embark on all
government has come to support farmers both in the rainy and dry season
gardening and I can confidently say the NPP is a farmer friendly government
given what they have done with the introduction of the ‘Planting for Food and
Jobs’, the introduction of the fertilizer subsidy, the ‘Planting for Food and
Export’ and the farm mechanization centers being introduced”.
Mr Nanyua, however,
admonished the association to handle the equipment with care and assured them
that more are still in the pipeline but that would depend on how they utilize
He said “these
are properties of government and not in your personal properties but meant to
help you do your work, you will sign to receive them from the Sissala East
Assembly but will be taken care of by your associations and groups”.
Mr Yussif Kodimah
the Chairman of the Upper West Regional Vegetable Producers Association, said
the formation of the association would provide them the needed recognition and
platform to articulate their views to push for the wellbeing of their members.
“We are seeking
to create a vegetable market to solve the problem of inadequate market access
that many garden dwellers face”, he said.
Mr Yussif Kodimah
expressed worry over lack of market for Sissala East garden farmers and
expressed the hope that with the inauguration of the association many of their
problems would be solved.
He advised farmers
engaged in gardening to cultivate high value or leafy vegetables such as
‘ayoyo’ and lettuce among others.