A fifty-two (52) year old farmer has met his untimely death in Atobriso No. 2, a farming community in the Kwaebibirem municipal of the Eastern region whiles preparing a piece of land for okro production.
He is said to have prepare a piece of land for dry season okro production but met his untimely death when he set fire into the weed debris on the land.
Source of information to the reporter, said he went to the farm with his wife-to-be to clear the land and they set fire into the debris to make their work easy but the fire extended to a nearby cocoa farm.
The troubled farmer tried to control the fire from entering the cocoa farm but rather find himself in the mist of the fire. The wife-to-be in an effort the get the attention of the nearby farmers prove futile since on their arrival the farmer has already died without the exact location of the body.
A search team was formed to search for the body after the information reached the community leadership and the burnt body was found in the ashes of the debris. The district command of the Ghana Police Service in Akyem Asuom was informed and the remains have been deposited at the Kade Government hospital depending post-mortem examination.
The Assembly member of the Atobriso electoral area, Hon. James Akwetey Dapaah, cautioned the community member of the harmattan season and easy spark of bush fire that can cause destruction to thousands of their high earned wealth and farms. He also encouraged them to create fire belt as buffer zone around their farm lands anytime they want to practice the slash and burn method of cultivating their crops. “At the moment we are all in sorrow for the loss of our dear farmer but let’s all take a great caution from what has happened – he echoed.
The whole country is experiencing the annual season of harmattan which usually last for five month starting November and ending March every year. Therefore our gallant farmers and every one should be cautious in setting fire anyhow. It is believe that hunters, palm wine tappers and other fire related activities are key cause of bush fire in many places. Let’s all be vigilant and protect the natural resources from bush fire destruction.
Reporter: Abass Iddrisu
Agric and Rural Development Journalist – AgricToday News