Cocoa farmers within the Akontombra district are calling on government, NGO’s and philanthropic groups and individuals to come to their aid.
They have a litany of challenges they believe is hampering productivity and their dignity as human beings.
Mrs. Janet Amofa; a cocoa farmer recounted to rawgist.com how pregnant women and sick farmers are transported to health facilities on motorbikes. According to her, many people lose their babies in transit due to the bad nature of the roads and the inappropriateness of the transportation.
“Our drinking water is also very bad. Sometimes it turns green. We need more potable sources of water to enhance our health as farmers”, she narrated when rawgist.com visited farmers in the district. She made a passionate appeal for the provision of pipe-borne water as they believe it will prevent water-borne diseases and enhance their health and productivity.
She says livelihood empowerment programmes held for the women in the area also suffers from a lack of reliable means of transport.
“We train our women in vocations in order to empower them. This programme however has been suffering due to a lack of reliable transportation since the cottages are far from each other”, she explained to rawgist.com’s Bernard Buachi.