Farmers in the Kayera and its environs in the Offinso Municipality in the Ashanti Region are appealing to the government to rehabilitate their roads and bridges to make them more accessible to prevent their farm produce from perishing.
The state of roads leading to farming communities in the region, has been affecting farming activities especially during the rainy season.
The roads especially those with bridges have also been described as death traps by drivers and students who use and pass on daily basis.
The Assembly member for the area, Hon Iddrisu Issaka said, farmers in the community are facing many challenges with regards to the transportation of their foodstuffs to market centres for sale.
He said communities like Obofourkrom, Akokorakrom, Odumase and Kontoma find it difficult to cross the bridge that link Kayera to their farms and sometimes their children locked behind the bridge it rains.
He said, this situation coupled with the absence of transportation, causes their foodstuffs to rot.
“Our roads are not good, for example from the Obofourkrom to Odumase road and then from Akokorakrom and Kontoma to Kayera; the roads are not good at all.”
He noted that those in the cities need food to eat, “but if the roads are not good, how do we transport the food from the villages to the cities? How can our children access education?”
The farmers then appealed to the government to stabilize the prices of cash crops like cocoa, and provide farmers with loans and more agriculture extension officers to enable them grow more food to ensure food security.