President John Mahama yesterday reaffirmed the government’s commitment to revolutionise agriculture production in the Upper East Region, saying more interventions were being rolled out to achieve that target.
He cited the ongoing construction of the Tamne Irrigation Dam in the Garu-Tempane District, and other irrigation systems in communities, the planned establishment of 50 Farmer Service Centres in the Savannah Zone, increased fertiliser supply, provision of small loans for small scale agribusinesses, and farm produce as part of the strategic plan to boost agriculture on the region.
According to him, the region had a viable potential of contributing largely to the nation’s food basket and also export supply to other neighbouring countries.
Addressing a mini rally at Garu as part of his campaign tour of the region, the President said his administration had an elaborate development programme for all the districts in the region, stating that it would pursue a vigorous development plan for Garu-Tempane District and the region in general.
For the road sector in the district, he assured that the reconstruction of the untarred segment of the main road from Garu to Bawku would soon start as the mobilisation funding has been advanced to the contractor to commence work.
He urged the people of the area to vote massively to retain the government in order to sustain progress.
From Garu, the President moved to Pusiga where he also assured the people of improvement in their welfare.
Addressing a higly patronised rally, President Mahama thanked the people of the area for the continued support, and noted that they would not be disappointed.
He said apart from the Pusiga water expansion project, the provision of 158 boreholes and irrigation systems, more ongoing projects including the construction of town roads would soon be completed to offer the Pusiga District a facelift.
Earlier in the morning, President Mahama inspected work on the Bolgatanga Regional Hospital which is about 95 per cent complete, and indicated that the needed installation resources have been secured to ensure the project was completed on schedule.
From Edmund Mingle, Garu