ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
The Ghanaian government has started the
construction of a total of 570 dams and 15 warehouses in the
northern region to aid agricultural development, President Nana
Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said on Friday.
He said the
government was undertaking the construction of this critical
infrastructure, especially in the three regions in Northern
Ghana, for the enhancement of Ghanaian agriculture, and to
create conditions for an all-year-round farming.
“It is long overdue
and that is why we have committed ourselves to the programme of
one-village-one-dam, so that every part of the northern region
of our country will have access to water and irrigation to be
able to support farming all year round,” he said, while
interacting with residents of the Builsa North District as part
of his one-week tour of the Northern Region.
While bemoaning the
unavailability of storage facilities which has resulted in farm
produce rotting away, Akufo-Addo said his administration was
also putting up 50 warehouses across the country to provide
storage for the output of farmers.
one-village-one-dam is one of the flagship programs of the
government aimed at providing all-year round water for
irrigation and enhance agricultural productivity and net export
of foodstuffs in northern Ghana.
fundamental to Ghana’s economy and employs almost 50 percent of
the population. Despite seeing its share of GDP decrease in
recent years, the sector continues to be vital to growth.
While low levels of
mechanization and the effects of drought and climate change are
threatening to slow or curtail sector growth, the government’s
commitment to investing in technologies and establishing new
policies to protect and support the industry are promising.
The government said
it would provide other interventions in the agricultural sector,
which is expected to have a great impact on Ghana’s food
security and improve lives in farming communities.