EXIM Bank funds irrigation projects

The Ghana Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank), has approved the construction of two dams for irrigation, estimated at GHc 8 million for the Mandari and Kiape communities in the Bole District.

Both communities have the potential for vegetable production as well as rice, which could be produced during the dry season to improve the living standards of the people.

Officials from the EXIM Bank and the Irrigation Development Authority at weekend went to the two communities and introduced the contractor to the chiefs and people.

Speaking at the durbar of the chiefs and people of Kiape and Mandari, Mr Wilson Darkwa, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Irrigation Development Authority said the two communities have the potential of producing vegetables enough for local consumption and export.

He said the construction and upgrading of the Tamale Airport into an international Airport would also help farmers in securing ready market for their produce.

He said plans are in place to construct canals at the two dams to increase production.

Dr Barfour Osei, CEO of EXIM Bank in a speech read on his behalf assured the bank’s readiness to support communities with the potential of becoming business hubs..

He said the bank would consider other proposals by the Irrigation Development Authority and would not hesitate to approve those that have the potential of creating and growing businesses.

Alhaji Yussif Sulemana,National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Bole-Bamboi, said government recognises the importance of dry season farming to the economic improvement of the two communities hence the need to provide the dams.

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