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Bad roads, high cost of fertilizer affecting farmers at koyire

A farmer of Koyire Agogo, in the Yilo Krobo District who cultivates cassava, maize, garden eggs and cocoyam; Mr. Chris Osman Amuzu has said that the road leading to the market from their farms is in a bad state. Speaking in an interview on Rite FM he added that, they are also not able to purchase fertilizers due to the costs associated.

 

According to him, a culvert constructed between the koyire and Akwapim road has sunk and has been left in that state for four years now. “When this happens vehicles are not able to cross the culvert when it rains and Farmers are not able to send their goods to the market”.

 

He added that, this has affected them in many ways since the buses which comes from Koforidua to assist them in transporting their food stuffs to the market are unable to get to them due to the sunken culvert. They have to organize communal labour every time it rains in order to temporarily solve the problem.

 

He also revealed that, initially the government gives them coupon to subsidize fertilizer but it is no longer the case.

 

Mr. Amuzu said the prices of fertilizer are too high so they are unable to purchase the fertilizer that, the cost of fertilizer at koyire ranges from GH¢130.00 to GH¢150.00. So he is appealing to the government to resume the fertilizer subsidy program.

 

Meanwhile, the MCE for Yilo Krobo, Hon. Andrews Soda reacting to the comments admitted that the culvert indeed has sunk in but not as described (Mr. Amuzu).

 

He therefore urged them to also assist the assembly as they have already started. “But this year, we will work on it as the contractors will start work soon and they will extend it to some other communities”- Hon. Andrews

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