Construct Pwalugu multi-purpose dam to curb perennial floods-Naba Adoni

Dr Sagre Bambangi,Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture

Dr Sagre Bambangi,Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture

The government has once more been urged to construct the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam to help harvest the perennial spillage of the Bagre Dam water from Burkina-Faso that often cause loss of lives, properties, and destruction of crops.

Many communities in the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions are often                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             affected whenever the Burkinabe authorities spill the dam. This year the regions are not spared as the authorities in the neighbouring country are still spilling the dam.

The situation has been exacerbated by the torrential rains that the region                                                                                                                                                                                    is currently experiencing. It has claimed some lives, and                                                                                                                                                                          destroyed large tracks of farm produce.

In the Upper East Region, more than 6,226 farmers from 65 communities across the ten districts have their farms destroyed. It includes 954.4 hectares of rice, 598 hectares of maize, 494 hectares of sorghum, 212 hectares of millet, and 799 hectares of groundnut farms.

Among the stakeholders who have made similar calls at several platforms were the Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana, farmer based organisations and smallholder women farmers, and traditional rulers.

Naba Bugbila Adoni, the Chief of the Pwalugu community in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region is the latest to make such call when the Deputy Minister of Agriculture in charge of Crops, Dr. Sagre Bambangi, visited the region to assess the damage of crops caused by the spillage of the Bagre Dam and the torrential rainfall in the region recently.

The chief emphasised that  the construction of the  multi-purpose dam which had been on the drawing board for a very long time would not only help curb the perennial floods in the region,  but would also help harvest the spilled water from the Bagre dam for dry season farming and hydropower.

Naba Adoni who also appealed to the government to as a matter of priority revamp the Pwalugu Tomato Factory, adding that the construction of the multi-purpose dam would enable farmers to crop tomatoes and other vegetables as raw materials to feed the factory.

The Deputy Minister of Agriculture sympathised with the affected farmers and assured the chiefs and people in the region that the government would consider the proposal of the Pwalugu multi-purpose dam which was at feasibility studies stage.

He acknowledged that the project was very capital intensive and indicated that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who is a visionary leader, was not far from championing the construction of the dam under his able leadership.

He assured the affected farmers that the government was sensitive to their plight and would, therefore, do everything possible to ensure that they were supported to help produce to ensure food security for the nation.

FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, PWALUGU

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