Sunday, March 26, 2023
Sunday, March 26, 2023

“We might perish if nothing is done” – Kyaare Community cries out

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The people of Kyaare are crying out for help as their only source of water (dam) used for irrigational purposes runs dry.

Kyaare is a community with an average population located in Jirapa- konzokala in the Upper West region. Most of the residents of kyaare depend on farming for a living because any other businesses might not be all that profitable in case one wants to venture into any other areas of business in the community aside from farming.

Youth of the Community, therefore, have to flee from home in search of greener pastures elsewhere as they believe nothing profitable might come out from home because of the dried nature of the dam.

Speaking with Hon Salia Stephen Dafaa the assembly member of the Kyaare Electoral Area, he said, the dam has been serving as a source of water for community members way back.
According to him, he is disturbed because of the situation as many community members have been trooping to him and asking for a way forward in solving the problem.

“People are into farming in this part of the area especially garden making. Most of them have been farming crops like pepper and tomatoes and these crops bare freshly green leaves but because of the unavailability of water in the dam, all the crops have turned brown and dying off making it hard for work for the farmers and (garden owners) not being recognized”, he added.

The Assembly member of the area, therefore, appeals to all government officials, NGOs and everyone to come on board to help the community out of this mess.
Hon. Salia also told Gangaa Radio of the plans of Mobilizing community members to start doing something at the dam whiles they await help.


The Jirapa Municipal Director of Agriculture Mr. Joseph Kambunaba also shared his view with Gangaa Radio concerning the issue and said ” it is worrying because we don’t know why this year the dam dried very early. We go around looking at the gardens and the crops planted but none of them has yielded well because the water in the dam has all been dried up,”
He also told Gangaa 94.3 fm that if something is done about it, the problems of farmers in the area will increase and sometimes they need to blame themselves because some of the activities done within dam borders can also lead to drying the water up.

Upon interacting with the Assembly member of Duori Guo, Hon. Daniel Angsogra, he emphasized that the Kyaare dam does not serve only the people in the community but also the people in Gogu tempaarizie, Duori Guo and Jirapa. He stated that since the inception of the dam, a lot of people including animals have benefited.

” When people farm and used the water from the dam, their crops grow well and they, in turn, sell these products in the market in order to pay their children’s school fees, take care of their health issues as well as purchase learning materials for their wards he added.

Hon. Daniel took the mandate to indicate that after everything if help is still delayed, community members will be mobilized to see how best they can tackle the issue on the ground.

Madam Helena, a pregnant woman in the community, Mr Pogifaa Tuomine and other people in the kyaare community also expressed their displeasure and called on all to come to their aid.


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