Assembly members in the Sissala East District have been charged with the responsibility to help recover loans of investments under the governments planting for food and jobs program from farmers.
At an emergency meeting held in the district Friday 12 January 2018, the Assembly members were identified as key stakeholders who have an established relation with farmers at the various electoral areas and can facilitate the process of collection of the loans.
The meeting was a follow up to the 31 January 2018 deadline given to the three regions in the Northern part of Ghana to recover all loans of investments offered farmers last year under Planting for Food and Jobs which therefore necessitated that the District Assemblies strategize for the recovery of the loans. The Presiding member for Sissala East district Hon. Tohari Luri Jabummie said in a welcome message to his colleagues
In a short briefing, the District Chief Executive for Sissala East Hon. Karim Nanyua stated the assembly members were very instrumental in the distribution of the inputs and are still key in the recovery process. He pleads for collective effort of assembly members to sustain the project to have more farmers benefit from the Government flagship programme in order to bring more benefits to farmers. “Let’s use professionalism to collect the investments from the farmers in order not to truncate it” he said, emphasizing that the approach should not be as the period of distribution of the inputs.
Let farmers have the trust in you if they hand money’s into your hands the DCE warned. Meanwhile the assembly members have disagreed to collect cash from farmers and suggested a decentralized Banking system be used to receive the payments instead. They however fear that Political differences will likely hinder the recovery process since some farmers did not pass through them in the initial stage of registration process, and demands that MOFA makes available list of beneficiary farmers by Monday to start the exercise.
They have also suggested the use of radio to educate farmers and induce them to pay their remaining debt. The DCE Hon. Karim Nanyua nonetheless insisted on Assembly Members to put all efforts in the recovery process despite all the challenges anticipated to make the policy sustainable for our people looking at how beneficial it is to farmers. “You will be given a list to go to your communities, I will also take Challu and Pieng list to go and do what I can as the DCE” Hon. Karim Nanyua Says. He called on all who received support to pay back.


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