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Ensuring Food Security in West Gonja

2006-12-07 22:11:00
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Janet Alhassan
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the West Gonja District, Mrs. Janet Alhassan Gambie has alerted farmers, especially commercial farmers in the District to be vigilant and desist from any act that could trigger bushfire to consume their farms in this year’s harmattan season.

According to the DCE, it would be very unfortunate for the farmers to sit unconcerned for their investments to be burnt off through their own negligence, observing that any negative effect on their farmers and their businesses would go a long way to affect the entire nation.

Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview, Mrs. Gambie disclosed that the West Gonja Assembly was seriously working around the clock to stabilize the frequent outbreaks of bushfires through its anti-bushfire campaign team. This according to the DCE was strictly in line with the government policy and action against bushfire.

It is an undeniable fact that Northern Region produces the largest quantity of grains, yam and other vegetable in the country, but the Region is always at the mercies of wildfire during every harmattan season, which immensely affects national food security. “Bushfire cannot only destroy farms but also it can destroy human life and other valuable properties, which can never be recovered,” Mrs. Gambie said.

Regretting this situation, the DCE warned that her administration would not in any way countenance with any person or group of persons who would engage in any act that could cause excessive bushfire in the District. She also advised farmers who cook in their farms, cigarette smokers and hunters to be mindful of the negative effects or for their own good, desist from using fire on their farms until the end of the harmattan season.

The Assembly has already started sensitizing the farmers on how they can avoid and manage bushfires.

It is gratifying that most Chiefs and Opinion Leaders are also assisting the Assembly in ensuring fire free in the District this season.

This effort by the Assembly according to Mrs. Gambie, would help farmers in the area who have invested almost all their monies in their farms to benefit from their investment. However, the DCE outlined some of the supports given the farmers by the West Gonja District Assembly in the last few years.

The assembly has provided most farmers in the District with financial supports and other farm inputs to enhancing food productivity. She was optimistic that the unemployed youth in the District would soon be catered for or get jobs under the Youth Employment Programme and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) among other government interventions.

source: Chronicle

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