Sissala East: Capacities of Women Farmers in Tumu Strengthened

Tumu in Sissala East Municipality

ActionAid Ghana, a Non-governmental Organisation (NGO), has organized a pre-season farming forum to empower and build the capacity of women farmers in Tumu in the Sissala East Municipality.

The forum provided farming, production, marketing and agro-processing opportunities within the agriculture value chain as well as a platform for networking opportunities between the women farmers and agro -input dealers.
The Agro input dealers at the forum included the Organic Farming Aid (OFA), Agrisolve, Tractor Operators and the officials of the Department of Agriculture among others.

The women farmers were taken through the proper use of chemicals such as pesticides and the need to wear protective clothing when spraying the chemicals on their farms among others.

Madam Zenabu Nibaradun, the Upper West Regional Programme Officer, ActionAid Ghana told the Ghana News Agency that women from several communities had been brought together to share information about the opportunities that exist in the agriculture value chain and how they could access them.

She said the forum made available the opportunities in the government policy of the Planting for food and jobs and how accessible the programmes were to the welfare of the women farmers.

“We want women to know the existing opportunities and how and where they can access them easily”, she said.
Mr Bukari Basi, a Budget Analyst from the Sissala East Municipal Assembly who spoke on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), thanked the organisers for their constant contribution towards women empowerment.
He said there was the need for the recognition of women contribution towards Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the country.

He urged the women to see farming as a business, adding that it would help them take better care of their families from proceeds from their farms.

Mr Basi noted that, “The Assembly is doing a lot to promote economic activities to create access market for more accessible transportation of goods from their homes and farms to the market centres”.

He called for increased security for women on the farms and the communities and encouraged them to work in groups to enable them to learn from one another through networking.

The forum brought together 66 women farmers from over 30 communities to participate and build their capacity within the Agri industry.

Source: GNA

Tumu: Students Advised to Use Time Judiciously

Tumu in the Sissala East Constituency

Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, Member of Parliament (MP) for the Sissala East Constituency, and Mr Mohammed Issah Batagalia, his opponent in the 2020 parliamentary election have teamed up to encourage students in Tumu Senior High School to make judicious use of their time to make academic progress.

Mr Issahaku said Senior High School education marked the beginning of career choices and stressed the importance of students placing much premium in their studies to progress into tertiary education.

He was addressing some final and second year students of the Tumu Senior High School at a programme organised by old students, to help final year students writing this year’s West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) tackle more effectively their papers.

Mr.Chinnia said: “Those of us who came through here even at difficult times, we had been able to rise above the difficulty and gone far. Your parents and government sacrifices are for your comfort and betterment.”

He advised the students to remain focused and work hard to break the cycle of secondary education and progress to the next level.

The MP donated an amount of GH¢2,000 to the headmaster to buy pens and pencils for the final year students and also pledged to give sixteen streetlights to light up dark spots in the school.

Mr Yussif Napuna Alidu, the President of the Old Students Association , said the rationale of the programme was to encourage students to take an active interest in learning and make good use of the time in school for better grades.

Mr Mohammed Issah Bataglia, the 2020 Parliamentary candidate for Sissala East Constituency of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) advised the students to judiciously utilize the three years stay on campus and harder to pass.

Mr Ibrahim Salifu, the Headmaster of the school, commended the old students for the novelty to share thoughts and ideas with the final year students to inspire, encourage and improve on the school’s performance on the WASSCE results.

He encouraged the students to actively listen and put into good use the various ideas and advice shared by the speakers

Sissala East: Poor Rainfall Causing fear Among Maize Farmers in Tumu

Maize Farm in Sissala East

Some farmers in the Sissala East Municipality have become apprehensive over the intermittent rainfall being experienced in the area since the farming season began.

The farmers said the season had not begun well and expressed fear that the late application of fertilizer might affect their crops entirely.

Mr. Haruna Shaibu, a commercial maize farmer in the area, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, “My farm size is about 150 acres and I have planted 150 acres of maize leaving 100 acres yet to be ploughed and planted.

“The last time I sowed was on June 30, 2022. Seven days after sowing, it has not rained again, this has affected the germination of my crops and I am getting scared and now only looking up to God,” he said, adding that time was running against him.

Mr. Tordia Issahaku, another farmer and a teacher, lamented that since he planted his field from June 15 to 25, 2022, the rainfall had been poor.

“I planted from June 15-25, as we speak, the last time it rained on the farm was June 21, 2022, and today is July 9, and I used both lake and pioneer seed.

“If this continuous, it will affect the yields, and I should have applied fertilizer two weeks after planting, but for the lack of rain I have not applied fertilizer up till now,” he said.

Mr. Musah Iddrissu, also a farmer with Malbastos Ltd, said the poor rainfall pattern in the area had increased the impact of the fall armyworm on their farms.

“We have planted 25 acres even though it is not raining we are going ahead to plant, and this has given room for the fall armyworm to attack the plants.

“It’s just that, the plants are germinating but they still need rain to grow, I am hopeful the rain will come,” he intimated.

A 44-year-old woman maize farmer, and a mother of five, told the GNA during a visit to her farm that she had sowed 65 acres of her 151 acres farmland, but the lack of rain was causing pests and rodents to identify the spots and remove the seed causing her the additional cost to replant the seed and hire additional labour.

“My partners fear if I don’t sow by July 15, 2022, l should not sow again and all the seeds, as well as other inputs and investments, would go to waste,” she stated.

Mrs. Francisca Amartey of the Meteorological Service Department, in an interview with the GNA, blamed the situation on the long dry spell associated with the weather from June to July in the Northern part of Ghana and assured farmers that in the coming days the situation might change.

Source: GNA

Sissala East: Tumu St. Clare Graduates 30 Students, Appeals to Gov’t to pay Casual Staff

Tumu St. Clare Vocational School

A total of 30 students have graduated from St. Clares Technical Institute during its 27th congregation ceremony held at Tumu.

They graduated in Fashion Design Technology, Hospitality and Catering Management, Textile Hand Weaving, Information and Communication Technology and Electrical Engineering Technology.

Sister Catherine Naaeke, the Principal of the Institute indicated at the congregation that out of the 30 graduands, 44 students got enrolled into the school in 2019, however, 14 students dropped out along the line.

She said out of the 30 graduands, seven graduands had the qualifications to pursue regular degree programmes whilst 16 could pursue Higher National Diploma courses with the rest qualifying for advance courses at the Polytechnics.

She appealed to the government and stakeholders especially parents to support the school, adding that the school was faced with numerous challenges including lack of infrastructure, non-payment of 12 casual staff yet to be put on the government payroll, absence of tutors for English Language, Integrated Science, Social studies, Catering, Information Communication Technology, Electricals, and weaving.

“With the introduction of the free Technical Vocational Education Training for all, we declared a vacancy for 140 students to be placed, but the inadequate infrastructure allowed us to accommodate only 83.

“We have only a few staff bungalows and so most of the staff stay outside the school premises making monitoring of students a challenge and we still have no dormitory block for the boys,” she said.

She commended the government for the donation of a 33-seater bus but said transportation for administrative work was still a challenge in the institute.

Mr Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Member of Parliament for the Sissala East constituency commended the principal and staff for their efforts in managing the school.

He urged the graduands to take advantage of the skills acquired to start a trade or further their education.

Mr Yakubu Fuseini Batong, the Sissalla East Municipal Chief Executive assured that the government would continue to make strides in making education a right not a privilege for everyone.

“That is why the government has refocused vocational education is not specific trade such as automobile mechanic welders, which was associated with lower social classes, but have to redirect our thinking on how to educate our children to avoid the long queue of getting formal employment,” he said.

Kuoro Zakaria Savei Mahmoud, Kong Kuoro who represented the Paramount Chief appealed to the principal to work with the Member of Parliament to get the 12 staff of the school the process of putting them onto the government payroll to ensure effective teaching and learning.

He appealed for business Start- ups for the graduands to begin something on their own from the Sissala East Assembly and other development partners to put their training to practice.

Source: GNA

Sissala East: O.A Travel and Tour To Extend Services To Tumu

Upperwestmedia.net is reliably informed O.A. buses will begin transporting passengers from Tumu to kumasi and Accra from  next sunday 2nd July,2017.

Organizers say the Tumu community center forecourt will be use as the main station for the start of the service.

A passenger will pay GH75.00 to Kumasi and GH95.00 to Accra.

The number of times or days the bus will move in a week its not still clear as organizers are still wrapping up the details.

Mr Bismark Moro and Ahmed Hor who have been following up on the management of the O.A. service said the deplorable state of the roadnetwork from Tumu to Wa has contributed in the delay of the service.

Its however, their hope passengers will patronize the service being brought to the area in order that they can demand for better services.

Credit: David Luri/Tumu/Upperwestmedia.net