The Sissala East municipal will have it’s name erased from the tag of being a smuggling capital in the upper west region as Minister of Agric Owusu Afriyie Akoto mentioned during his tour of farms in August this year.
This is because of the quest by government to move the Tumu border post closer to Ghana- Burkina Faso border as suggested by the Member of Parliament for Sissala East Hon. Ridwan Abass Dauda to check and prevent fertilizers meant for farmers from being carried away into the neighbouring country.
As plans are far advanced to supply fertilizers to farmers early and on time in 2019, Hon. Ridwan Abass Dauda in an interview in Parliament house Tuesday when David Luri of RadfordFM visited him said ‘when the border post is moved, there will no longer be excuse for fertilizer smugglers to escape the security check point, with the pretence of carrying fertilizers to farms but rather take them into Burkina Faso.
He also said there are identified places across Sissala East Municipality such as Sakai, Pina and other where fertilisers this year shall be stored to enable farmers in far away areas to reach communities to easily access them without bearing much cost of travelling to Tumu for fertilizer. Meanwhile more fertilizer will be released to the Municipality the MP noted.
He however urged the citizenry and all key stakeholders to play a vigilant role in ensuring that fertilizers that are meant for farmers are not taken into individual pockets at the expense of poor farmers as government spend large sums of the taxpayers money to subsidize the commodity.
According to the ministry of Agric,government intends increase the quantity of fertilizer in order for farmers to increase yields under its planting for food and jobs initiative.
The Sissala area is a heavy consumer of fertilizer and other farm related products as the communities is engaged in commercial farming of maize, groundnut, soya beans,cotton and other vegetables.