SISSALA WEST FAILING TO UTILISE IRRIGABLE DAMS —PLAN GHANA INTERNATIONAL NOT HAPPY

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Views: 256 Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh, Gwollu Roughly, three out of six Plan Ghana International constructed dams, namely; Jeffisi, Nyimeti, and Kupli...

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Story: Ishmael A. Junourgh, Gwollu

Roughly, three out of six Plan Ghana International constructed dams, namely; Jeffisi, Nyimeti, and Kuplima, in the Sissala West District are going waste to their purpose of alternative livelihood source for women and men of the area.

Activities of Fulani herdsmen have destroyed the fence, and depleted the irrigable low land. Worse affected areas are Jeffisi, and Kuplima dams.

But, the District Director of Agric says “We are doing our best.” For two years on the roll, government has failed to give operational fund of over 7000 GH₵ each quarter of the year, besides, inadequate human resource; out of 15 operational areas only eight areas are functional.

Otherwise, Ahmed Wahida, a young lady with her little daughter would have returned to Accra in search of a non-existent job. She told this source at her Pulima community that she makes enough income to take care of her daughter and her personal needs from gardening, instead of going back to Accra as a head porter (Kayaye), “and where most kayaye girls are going to prostitution.”

The Director confirmed that ‘What farmers get from the gardens is far better than from their farms.” Meanwhile, communities that are utilizing their dams to the maximum, according to the Director include: Pulima, Nimoro, and Bouti.

He mentioned that activities of Fulani herdsmen led to the destruction of fence-mesh, and depletion of the fertile areas around some of the dams. And that as a result the gardeners in the affected communities are now frustrated trying to cut trees to mend the fence but end up further depleting the area as the cut trees around the garden area.

The Director said Plan Ghana International had every cause to be annoyed over the negligence of the stakeholders, but that another NGO, World Food Programme was coming in to construct more canals to revive the use of the dams.

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