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Floods Forces Youth Out

2007-09-25 23:07:22
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The Youth of Janga, a farming community in the West Mamprusi District, are fleeing down south as a result of the damage caused to their property by the recent floods. Most of them whosehouses and farmlands had collapsed or washed away, are migrating down south to eke out a living to support their family members.

The District Agricultural Officer, Mr Leonard Yosangfo disclosed this to the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Ernest Debrah, on Wednesday at Janga when he visited the area and met with farmers there.

He said that the Janga community alone lost an estimated 1,191 farmlands made up of 1,166 hectares of cereals and grains, 25 hectares of soya beans and 25 hectares of yam.

He said it is an annual ritual that the youth travel down south to search for greener pastures to supplement their income during the dry season after they had harvested and stored their farm produce, but was afraid that the situation had worsened due to the floods.

He said that their migration this season was as a result of the hardship that the floods had caused since they do not have any major source of livelihood to depend on.

Mr Yosangfo further stated that the youth in most cases cross the river to a village called Nanguruma in the overseas area to engage in surface mining activities during the dry season,

He lamented that there was no way again since all the bridges and the points linking the district capital and those communities have been submerged or washed away.

Mr Debrah encouraged them not to give up in life and assured them of the government’s preparedness to help them start life afresh.

He said that the government attaches importance to the disaster is evident hence declaring the three northern regions as a national disaster and assigning his officers in the area to register names of the affected farmers for the necessary support to be delivered.

The minister further said that the government was mobilising and soliciting for funds from donor countries to curtail the occurrence of food shortages in the three northern regions.


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