Eight communities in the Bawku Municipality in the Upper East Region have received irrigation facilities from a United States based philanthropist to boost dry season farming.
Access to water during the dry season is a major constraint to farming in the area.
The communities that have benefited from the equipment includes, Kuka, Zabugu, Kutanga, Zuku Mognori, Gentiga, Bador and Tampizua. Community members in these areas are predominately farmers and traders.
The communities are engaged in dry season farming but not without challenges.
Farmers in those areas are compelled to develop manual dugouts to enable them supply water to their farms using improvised yellow gallons as water cans.
The lack of irrigation water pumping machines has further worsened the plight of these farmers.
It is for this reason that, Abubakari Mbawuni Bakutomah has donated eight water pump machines to support the farming communities.
“As a citizen of Bawku, the people there are farmers and I know the needs of these dry season farmers and they don’t have water pump machines to do effective dry season farming and that is why I have to support them with these water pump machines to pump water to their farms”.
“It is my hope that the farmers will utilize these machines for high productivity and maintain them for future use.”
Some farmers expressed their profound gratitude and described the intervention as timely.
Ayieb Emmanuel said, “We appreciate these machines given us because this is our dry season and we will use these water pump machines to draw water from the dugouts and water our farms.”
“But the problem is that there is no market for our produce which we are appealing to the government to get us market for our produce”.
“We are really suffering because we use improvised yellow gallons as our water cans to fetch water from our manual dugouts to water our vegetables but now that, we have been given these water pump machines, it will help us pump water directly from the dugouts to our farms,” Ayawin Daniel stated.
A free health screening exercise was also held for community members, assembly member for the Possum electoral area Alhaji Tahiru Kundiba commended the philanthropist for the gesture.
“We are grateful for this health screening because most of these beneficiaries have their National Health Insurance cards expired and the money, they would have used to access health care can be used to support themselves”.
By: Frederick Awuni/citinewsroom.com/Ghana