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Telecommunication Gap in Nkwanta South Affecting Food Marketing

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The absence of mobile telephone network at Chaiso, a heavy agricultural, mountain bottom community in the Nkwanta-South Municipality of the Volta Region is drawing back fluid agro-business linkages.

Trading in tonnes of cassava, cocoyam, plantain, banana, maize, palm products, including akpeteshie, among others, is sluggish and unenticing.

Speaking with voltaonlinegh.com, Mr John Paul Anewaba, former Assembly Member for Chaiso observed that fluid communications between the food producers and marketers should be of mutual benefit to both sides.

He said apart from the setback to agro-business, the telecommunication gap has also made the area unsafe as armed-robbers prowl around occasionally knowing that hints would not get to the police easily.

Mr Anewaba said this security situation is a disincentive to food marketing in the area.

According to him, one tower should be adequate to join Chaiso and surrounding communities such as Kpeve, Duflomkpa, Ahondwo, Salifu and Bontibor to the rest of Ghana.

Mr Anewaba appealed to the Ministry of Communications to actualize the special arrangements with the telcos that requires the state to bridge the gaps in the telephone networks.

To him, the situation is also affecting the management of medical emergencies in the community where people sometimes have to scale trees, mounds, just to reach help on phone, describing it as pathetic.

The Nkwanta area, with varied vegetation zone, is considered a potential food basket of Ghana.

The Volta Regional Chapter of the Ghana Journalists Association in conjunction with the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) and the Nkwanta Municipal Assembly marked the 2018 International Press Freedom Day, celebrated every May 3, at Nkwanta.

The programme was part of the Volta-GJA’s running collaboration with Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Volta-Eastern Chapter to promote business development in the region.

By: Sepenyo Dzokoto/voltaonlinegh.com

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