Regional News Thu, 29 May 2003

Bad Roads Frustrate Farmers

Farmers at Duodukrom near Kraboa-Coaltar in the Suhum District, are forced to sell a bag of cassava as cheap at 40,000 cedis because there are no means of transport due to the bad nature of roads in the area.

Mr. Sampson Opare Ntiamoah, Assemblyman for Duodukrom, who made this known to the Ghana News Agency said farm labourers have increased their fees for weeding land for farming and the produce could not be easily conveyed to urban centres for sale.

He said, "I doubt whether some of the farmers would even get money to pay back their Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) loans because they sell their foodstuff at cheap prices without getting profit."

Mr. Billy Yatsi, Agricultural Extension Officer in-charge of the area, in reaction to the plight of the farmers appealed to the Urban Road Department and the District Assembly to re-gravel the road from Oko Nkwanta through Duodukrom to Dokrokyiwa to enable the farmers to bring their foodstuff to the urban centres.

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