Rehabilitation works on the main feeder road that links Tamaligu to Kukuobila, two farming communities in the Savelugu-Nanton District in the Northern Region, have been completed.
The rehabilitation of the 4.5km road formed part of the infrastructural component of the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP), an eight-year agricultural project jointly funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development, African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Ghana.
For several years, the road had been in a deplorable condition and this had made it impossible for vehicles and motorbikes to use the road during the rainy season.
As a result, fresh produce from Tamaligu could not be transported to market centres in other parts of the district and consequently, some of the produce were destroyed by pests due to poor storage.
Luck smiled on the community in 2010, when the NRGP earmarked the road for rehabilitation, among other farm roads.
Work on the road was completed in 2012 and today the road is in a good shape.
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The chief of Tamaligu, Naa Yakubu Yidana, told the Daily Graphic in an interview, that the rehabilitation of the road had vastly improved the livelihoods of the people.
“When the road was bad, vehicles stopped coming to this village during the rains because they were getting stuck in the mud. Even the use of motorbikes became very difficult,” he said.
“Today, vehicles come here regularly. Big trucks come to pick maize and shea nuts and we also travel regularly to Kukuobila anytime of the day,” he said.
The chief was full of praise for the NRGP and its funding partners for rehabilitating the road.
The leader of women in the community, known as the ‘magazia’, Mma Lamisi Yakubu, said the rehabilitation of the road had been of enormous benefit to the women folk.
“When the road was bad, we could not transport our produce to the market and this made life difficult for us,” she said.
“Now because the road is good, we can take our shea nuts, maize and soya beans to the market anytime we want, especially when it is market day in Savelugu,” she added.
Mma Lamisi also observed that because the road was in good condition, vehicles come to the community regularly, either to pick passengers or convey agricultural produce to the market.
Meanwhile, the rehabilitation of the road has also been of immense benefit to Mallam Farms, which is located along the route.
It boasts 70 acres of mango trees in addition to other vegetables and dry season maize and butternut squash, supported through irrigation.
Workers on the farm said when the road was in a poor shape, conveying fertiliser and other farm inputs to the farm was a challenge because trucks could not use the road during the rains.
They said the situation had greatly improved and now they could transport any input to the farm at any time without difficulty.
By Nurudeen Salifu/Daily Graphic/Ghana