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Farmers in northern region raise red flags over transfer of regional director


The Northern Farmers League, a Coalition of Agricultural Union in the Northern region are protesting against the transfer of the current regional director of agriculture Joseph Faalong, describing it as an attempt to collapse agricultural production in the region.
The union says the transfer of Mr Faalong would negatively affect agricultural activities in this year’s farming season in the region and call on stakeholders in the agric sector to intervene immediately.
According to them, the current director is well experienced and who once served the region and rose from national project coordinator, is being replaced by an inexperienced and junior officer. This, the farmers say would not bring peace and harmony in the regional agric directorate.
In a petition issued in Tamale and signed by its Chairman, Alhaji Iddrisu Kpenaa to the agric minister and copied to Zaa News claimed the transfer is being masterminded by some selfish individuals at the expense of the ordinary farmers.
The farmers are also accusing the Chief Director of the agric ministry Mr Abisah Seidu for the collapse of the Northern Rice Mill Company and the Cotton Company.
The farmers are therefore raising concerns that, Mr Seidu’s actions if not checked could affect the prospects of the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority projects (SADA).  
The farmer’s league says they are not against the transfer but are appealing to the agric minister, Honorable Kwasi Ahwoi to stop the ministry’s chief director from effecting the transfers that is aimed at favoring a particular unknown officer. The farmers are further appealing to the sector to set up a committee of inquiry about the transfer as soon as possible.
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