The Head of Service, Ing. Dr. Nana Ato Arthur paid a working visit to the Talensi District Assembly on Wednesday May 5, 2021. He was met on arrival by the District Chief Executive Christopher Boatbil, the Co-ordinating Director, Mr. Clifford Atanga and some Heads of Departments.
He made mention of professionalism as key in the growth and development of every organization in his speech. He encouraged those who were not up to speed in terms of job performance to measure up and improve upon their performance. He appreciated staff for the demonstration of hard work and team spirit to the development of the Local Government Service.
He also praised the District Chief Executive, District Co-ordinating Director and Heads of units for their professionalism which he believed was the primary factor that encouraged the entire staff to give off their best.
At the open forum session, staff expressed their profound gratitude to the Head of Service and other colleagues for their visit. Other issues considered critical for the progress of the office was also deliberated upon.
All stakeholders were invited to the performance review meeting for (2018-2021) which is in its final phase implementation. Heads of department/units made presentations during the performance review session.
An overview of the District’s performance and also outstanding issues of relevance was incorporated into the 2022-2025 medium term development plan.
The inaugural service for the 2022-2025 planning development committee was held at the District Assembly Hall.
The chief of Pusu-Namongo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region has released a 6-acre land to the district assembly for the construction of a modern warehouse under government’s warehouse project.
During his recent visit to the region, President Nana Akufo-Addo region announced government established 50 warehouses across the country to store food produce in order to avoid post-harvest losses.
In the Upper East, five districts will benefit according to the president.
Addressing the chief and people of Pusu-Namongo community, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Dr. Christopher Boabil, observed that if there is abundance of food without storage facilities, the food would go waste hence the essence of the warehouse.
Today is an exciting day. I am saying is an exciting day because the Talensi district is privileged to have the buffer stock warehouse facility in Pusu-Namongo here. Before I proceed, let me first of all thank the President, Nana Addo for giving us this project. It is in line with the vision of Planting for Food and Jobs and I believe all of you here, can see the linkage.
President has rolled out a programme of Planting for food and jobs and the programme is not only to create jobs but to make sure that there is plenty food for Ghanaians. And now, if there is so much food and there are no storage facilities, the likelihood is that a lot of the food that we are going to harvest will go waste and that is why this buffer stock concept is coming. It is also coming because it is a way of guaranteeing famers good prices. Farmers will no longer sell their produce at give-away prices and it will also encourage farmers to farm more.
However, Dr. Boabil believes that with the construction of the warehouse in the district, farmers will be able to produce more food to enable them supply food to schools under school feeding programme.
The Chief of Pusu Nomongo, Naab Saheng Kumbelimsaah, who handed over a parcel of land to the DCE, pledged to support government with more land for developmental projects. He also promised to with the constructor and the consultant to ensure smooth and speedy completion of the project within 6 months”.
The project is awarded to OFH Western Homes Limited.
Ngamegbulam Chidozie Stephen/A1radioonline.com/Ghana
Upper East Region is one of the regions in Ghana that experiences one farming season. This often starts from June and between August and September, the rains intensify thus, getting farms in low-lying areas especially those along the White Volta Basin flooded.
A visit to the White Volta Basin farming community of Pwalugu by A1 NEWS’s Joshua Asaah last Friday revealed that almost all the farms, predominantly maize farms, had submerged under flood waters. Except a handful of farmers who were seen using canoes to harvest their early maize, most of which were not completely matured, the rest of the framers would have nothing to harvest this year.
Though this has become an annual ritual that framers on that basin lose their crops to floods, the farmers say the land is fertile and would prefer to gamble by cropping in the area than to travel to nearby communities like Arigo and Goborigo where the land is equally fertile but without floods to farm.
A farmer who gave his name as Nsoh Ayine and his colleagues said they were willing to form groups for the government to provide them with farming machinery and agrochemicals to enable them farm uplands to avoid the perennial flooding of their farms that eventually worsen their poverty situation.
The Talensi District Director of Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Lantana Osman, revealed that farmlands in four communities in the district have been submerged. She explained that the major cause of the floods was as a result of siltation of the White Volta caused by farming activities on its banks.
According to her, her department last year planted about 15,000 bamboo seedlings on the banks to prevent further siltation. Due to the harsh weather however, she said some of the seedlings survived but others could not.
The director said:
This year, we took some again thinking that the floods would not come because we are looking at buffer zone protection. You know there is a law that you are not supposed to do any farming activities 100 miters away from the river bank so that is actually what we are trying to get the farmers to adhere to, and the main reason why we are encouraging the planting of the bamboo so that the farmers will do their farming activities after the 100 miters zone.
Madam Osman disclosed that a team of agriculture officers from her office have since visited some four major communities affected by the recent floods. Some of the affected communities include Yinduri, Lungo and Pwulugu, all in the Talensi district.
By: Joshua Asaah|a1radioonline.com|101.