Farmers to sue Brazilian contractor for destroying their farms

Farmers along the Oti Damanko – Bimbila – Yendi stretch of road in the Northern Region have threatened to sue a Brazilian firm whose construction activities have caused their farmlands to flood.

The farmers claim the construction firm, Odebrecht /Andrade Gutierrez’s failure to follow proper construction rules with regards to drains and culverts, has caused damage to their maize, yam and soya bean farms.

According to the farmers who have petitioned the Nanumba North District Assembly over the issue, the contractor has failed to construct drains and culverts along the 123.2 kilometre eastern corridor road it is constructing.

They claim the contractor has blocked waterways thus hindering a free flow of water from both upstream and downstream farm land whenever it rains.A soya bean demonstration farm by USAID is among the vast farmlands that were affected by the floods.

The situation, some of the farmers say, has forced them to relocate their farms to the Gushegu stretch of the road because their previous farmlands are in bad state.

Alhassan Ibrahim, a farmer trainer told TV3 that “though contractors have visited some affected farms, if nothing is heard from them, farmer groups will drag the contractor to court”.

“This flooding is not an act of God but someone’s negligence and poor farmers cannot be subjected to this loss caused by the contractor” he stated.

Meanwhile, construction work on the 123.2km lot five eastern corridor road construction has since July, 2015 been abandoned. The constructor, TV3 gathered, blamed it on the violent clash that erupted in Bimbilla which led to the death of 13 people and destruction of property.

But District Chief Executive, Alhaji Mohammed Ibn Abass, described the contractor’s excuse as unacceptable noting that the project is not taking place in Bimbilla township hence the excuse does  not suffice.

Alhaji Abass confirmed the claims by the farmers, saying the “farmers have petitioned my office to demand compensation”.

By: Zubaida Ismail||Ghana

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