Over 300 dams near completion under 1-village-1-dam Featured

By Patrick Kwame Abrokwah-Djampem November 01, 2019 1110 0

The Minister for Special Development Initiatives, Hawa Koomson, says the construction of over 300 small earth dams are at various stages of completion in the five northern regions.

The Minister disclosed this in Parliament yesterday when she appeared to answer a question filed by the Member of Parliament for Garu, Albert Akuka Alazuugu, who wanted to know much each dam will cost.

The Minister said out of 560 sites earmarked for the construction of small earth dams, 300 sites are over 50-60 per cent complete.

She said, on the average, each dam will cost GHC 250,000.

According to her, each constituency in the northern part of the country has been allocated a total of 10 dams.

She further explained that the programme is being executed in collaboration with Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, the Northern Development Authority and the various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the northern regions.

Objectives

She told Parliament that the construction of the dams is part of measures for the eradication of poverty in the northern regions.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, in his campaign ahead of the 2016 elections, promised to implement the dam project in the northern part of the country to boost agriculture, through a well-planned irrigation policy.

He said a robust irrigation policy, ‘One Village One Dam’, would make Ghana grow crops all-year round and eventually become a net exporter of most foodstuff.

He said his government would provide functioning irrigation infrastructure through the policy to create jobs and improve food security in Ghana.

Laudable

Many have commended the government for the initiative.

According to a lecturer at the University of Ghana, Raymond Kasei, the ‘One Village One Dam’ will boost the country’s output from the agriculture sector.

“The times the rains begin is a big problem for farmers. It is something that affects agriculture in this country. Many of our farming practices rely heavily on rain-fed agriculture so the ‘one village one dam’ principle will be very helpful for us,” he said.

According to him, the ‘one village one dam’ policy will upgrade farmers from having to constantly depend on rainfall to ensure their farms are watered to more effective and convenient irrigation systems.

“We might divert from rain-fed agriculture to irrigation farming,” he added.

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