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VIDEO: 200-acre rice farm burnt by bush fire in Kintampo

A 200-acre Rice farm at Chigba, a notable farming community in the Kintampo North Municipality of the Bono East Region has been burnt completely.

MyNewsGh.com confirmed that the incident which occurred two days before Christmas when the produce was ready for harvest.

Owners of the farm, Tikuni Alhassan and Kwame Jita; residents of Atta Akura and Kintampo respectively, in an interview with Adams Wumpini, a Kintampo-based journalist, could not hide their sadness over their heavy loss in the farm.

Mr. Alhassan who was worried about his children’s education said he could not tell what caused the fire except to say they delayed in harvesting their rice due to the unavailability of a combine harvester.

He, however, narrated how his brother ran for his life after an attempted failure to control the fire which he said started somewhere outside their rice farm adding that there was nothing they could do to control it considering the intensity of the blaze.

Attempting to draw an estimate without arriving at a definite figure, Mr. Alhassan revealed that it cost him and his partner a hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC 100) to plough each acre of land which means ploughing the 200 acres roughly cost them an amount of twenty thousand Ghana Cedis (Ghc 20,000). Besides, Mr. Alhassan also stated that over sixty (60) bags of rice were used to sow which he said when added to the labour and other costs, will further balloon the total cost incurred on the farm.

“Ploughing one acre of land was supposed to cost 120 Cedis but they removed the 20 cedis. I have not really sat down to do my own calculations but I know I have also used over 60 bags of rice show”.

The Kintampo North Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) Hon Isaac Baffoe Ameyaw, and the Bono East Regional Minister, Hon. Kwasi Adu Gyan, on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, visited the farm to ascertain the extent of damage caused and also console the victims.

The MCE and the minister, in the company of police and others, used the opportunity to sympathize with the two farmers and assured them of the government’s support.

They also assured the victims that a committee will investigate to ascertain the cause of the fire and ensure that anyone found capable will be dealt with accordingly.

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