The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tain in the Bono region, Honourable Sulemana Adama, has said the bad nature of roads in his constituency is affecting farming productivity of the people.
According to the MP, farmers in his constituency are unable to send their harvest to various destinations on time due to the poor roads.
Hon Adama made this known in an interview with Journalists in Parliament in Accra on Wednesday, February 4, 2021.
Roads are very important means of transport and form an integral part of any process towards the meaningful development of a people.
Where there are roads, commerce, social activities and any form of human endeavour thrives as both people and goods are carried to various destinations.
Per national records the total length of road networks in Tain is 1049km.
But Hon Adama said out of this about 51km is tarred and the remaining is untarred and highly inaccessible, stressing that even most of the tarred roads lead to the urban communities.
The trunk and feeder roads that linkup the various farming communities, the MP said are in bad conditions and almost unmotorable especially during the rainy season.
For instance roads linking farming communities including Brodi,, Debibi, Hanni, Namansa, Kwame-tenten, Menji, Brohani, Seikwa, Pokurom, Nasana, Bepoase, Atomfuoso and others within Tain are in very deplorable states.
He said due to the bad nature of roads some drivers are unwilling to carry goods from those towns to the main cities and that could affect food security in the country.
According to the MP, apart from cocoa, his constituency also produces Cashew and other major foodstuffs, and hence if the bad roads situation is not addressed could affect food security.
Mr. Adama said the entire Bono Region is indeed bedeviled with a poor road network.
The Tain Constituency he affirmed has road deficit “whether East, West, North or South non is having good road network.”
The Tain District has Nsawkaw as its capital and shares common boundaries with Wenchi Municipal to the East, Jaman North and Jaman South to the West, Sunyani West to the South and Berekum Municipal to the South West.
It is also bounded by the Banda District to the North and La Cote d’Ivoire to the North West.
Mr Adama said the location of the District has helped boost economic trade as the District continues to engage in inter-district trade with the bounded districts and with neigbouring Ivory Coast.
He however appealed to the government to consider the Tain District in the 2021 Budget, especially on roads to help farming productivity in the District.
The Tain District covers 1,829.84960 km2 representing 3.5 percent of the total land area of the Bono Region.
Since the District is an agrarian economy, it take advantage of the vast arable land for agriculture purposes and economic trade.