Vegetables farms in the Pusiga District of the Ghana’s Upper East Region are in trouble as roads linking the farms to market centres are washed away by the week-long torrential rains and the spillage of the Bagre and Kompienga Dams in Burkina Faso.
Several communities in the area have been cut off from the district capital and other districts in the Bawku enclave due to poor road network, making it difficult for growers to access their farms and transport their produce to the market centres.
The downpour caused the White Volta and its tributaries to overflow their banks, thereby washing away roads and making it difficult for growers who have been able to harvest their vegetables -tomatoes, peppers, onions, cabbage, cucumbers and okra, among others- to reach the markets.
Mahamudu Iddi, the Pusiga District Director of the Department of Agriculture, noted that vegetable growers were most affected in the area as they could not transport their perishable goods to the market centres at the district capital in Pusiga, Bawku and Bolgatanga to sell.
According to peacefmonline.com¸ Iddi said the area was already a water-locked prone area coupled with bad road network linking the farming communities to the market centres and other districts and so the effect of the rains was devastating, even though it was too early to assess the full impact of the flood.