Mr John Tia Akologu, Member of Parliament for Talensi in the Upper-East Region yesterday made an urgent appeal to the International Community and the government in particular to come to the aid of 922 farm-families, involving 6,000 flood victims in the area, desperately in need of support.
Apart from losing their farms and houses to last week’s foods two, persons a mother, Madam Cynthia Kandare, 29 and her 14 months baby lost their lives whilst several kilometers of road networks have been washed away.
After an extensive tour of the area on Sunday to ascertain the real extent and impact of this year’s foods, Mr. Akologu further called on government to give the construction of a dam at Pwalugu priority attention as a lasting solution to the perennial floods.
At Naaminyela community, Mr David Adakabla, a commercial farmer and one time National Best Farmer Award Winner, described this year’s floods as the worst since 1994.
That, he explained was due to the fact that there was over 10 hours of down-pour on that day which was compounded by the spillage of Bagre dam in Burkina Faso.
Consequently, almost ten days after the floods which rose nearly 10 feet about ground level and spread over six kilometers inland, has left nearly 900 hectares of farms still sub-merged.
At the Northern Star Tomatoe Factory Mr. Samuel Adu, Accountant and Mr. Stephen Appiah, Technician told the MP that the worse was over and that the factory was operating.
They however complained that one major component of their machines, the vacuum pump was old and breaks down frequently and appealed to the MP to use his good office through the Ministry of Industries to procure new ones.
According to Mr Adu, management had began negotiations with farmers to arrive at acceptable prices for their produce before full production begins in December.
Mr. Akologu who was overwhelmed by the extent of devastation sympathized with not only those who lost their lives and homes but some farmers were risking their lives by using canoes to salvage maize that were ready for harvest but remained under the flood waters.
Briefing the media Mr. Akologu pointed out that it was obvious that his people would be further impoverished and that prompt and proactive measures needed to be taken to mitigate the suffering of the people.