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Dormabin Residents Request Gov’t to Restore Abandoned Silos to Create Jobs

By: Benjamin Owusu | Voltaonlinegh |

As part of government’s efforts to reduce post-harvest losses in the country, over 50-metric tonne warehouses are being constructed in some parts of the country under the government’s flagship, One District-One Warehouse programme.

While this measure is being taken, there are facilities of this kind being left to waste away with authorities looking on.

Checks by this reporter indicated that silos constructed at Dormabin, a farming community in Krachi East Municipality of the Oti Region, have been abandoned for decades, thus, a waste of scarce resources.

The check also revealed that residents in the area had found a rather negative use for the facility which is now engulfed by weeds, and turned it into a toilet.

Speaking to Chief of the area, Nana Papaw Okuttusuo V complained that the silos could best be described as white elephant because they had been abandoned some decades ago after they were constructed by former President of the Republic, Flt. LT. John Rawlings with the aim to reduce post harvest losses.

Nana Okuttusuo therefore called on the current government to revive and place the facility under its flagship programme, One District-One Warehouse to create job opportunities for the youth in the area.

Assemblywoman for the area, Bernice Obour, admitted that the silos had been abandoned for over 25 years and appealed to government to restore the place to benefit people especially the youth.

Some farmers in the community made a similar call on government to consider the decision to absorb the facility into its programme to enable farmers save their produce to reduce poverty among them.

Source: www.voltaonlinegh.com

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