Akaseringa (UE), Sept. 26 GNA – Mr Kwesi Ahwoi, Minister for Food and Agriculture, on Tuesday cut sod for the construction of a 9-kilometer road in Akaseringa in the Bongo District of the Brong Ahafo, to facilitate economic activities.
The Minister said good transportation network played crucial role in fighting poverty, and if the 9-kilometer road was repaired, it would open up the Bongo area into an export zone.
Mr Ahwoi said work on the road, which partly connects the area to Burkina Faso, would be funded by the International African Development Bank under the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP) at a cost of GH¢852,529.30.
He said bad nature of roads in farming areas in the region prevented farmers from carting their food stuff to markets, which resulted in high cost of produce.
Mr Ahwoi said government had planned to collaborate with the District Assembly, to establish farmers’ centres where dealers and mechanization service providers would be supported to set up businesses to boost agricultural production.
He said that the annual floods that overwhelm the Upper East Region, coupled with the opening of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso, could have been a blessing if the water was rather harvested through contour bonding and other on- farm water retaining structures.
Mr Ahwoi warned contractors, who had won bids to construct roads, to be up to the task, and warned that government would abrogate any unduly delayed project.
He appealed to the Department of Feeder Roads and the Bongo District Assembly to ensure regular maintenance of roads.
He said the Akaseringa road, which is being constructed by Messrs ARACO Construction, was one of the 53 lots of roads in the four regions of NRGP coverage, with Upper East having 11 lots of 103.7Km, Upper West 12 lots of 107.5 Km, Brong Ahafo 10 lots of 203.3 Km, all at a total cost of GH¢30.6 million.
Mr Ahwoi commended the chiefs and people of Akaseringa for promoting peace, and observing sound environmental practices.
Mr Clement Akugre, District Chief Executive of Bongo, said the rehabilitation of roads could lead to an increase in the production rice, millet, soy beans, groundnuts and animal production in the area.
Bongnaba Alemyarim Atamale , Paramount Chief of Bongo Traditional Area, praise government for improving the transport sector in the country to facilitate socio-economic activities.