GHANA has just emerged from a period of dry weather, which caused very excruciating heat with its attendant problems.
The harmattan has always posed problems for the nation, and this year’s created a near-drought situation, which led to some rivers and other water bodies drying up.
That has greatly affected agriculture, leading to reduction in food production.
This is a perennial crisis, and it is quite worrying that our policy makers and scientists have not been able to work out a way to ensure continuous food production all-year-round.
The country should have, by now, found a way of harvesting the excess water during the rainy seasons for use in the dry or harmattan period.
If we had sustained the irrigation projects initiated in the past, and added more to them, we would have gone a long way in preventing the current problems the nation is facing.
That is why the Times lauds the efforts by the World Food Programme to promote the use of large irrigation dams as part of its asset creation project by the end of the year.
The project is to boost dry season farming among the beneficiary communities, as well as increase the economic livelihood of the people.
According to the programme, which would soon be rolled out, communities would be assisted to construct their own irrigation dams.
The Times highly commends the WFP for initiating this programme which would greatly enhance farming and ensure that the nation has abundant food supply even in the dry season.
It will also prevent the rural farmers from migrating to the cities and urban areas in the South, searching for non-existent greener pastures.
It is our fervent hope that the authorities would not only appreciate the WFP’s gesture, but seek to emulate it by promoting the use of irrigation dams to boost farming.
They must endeavour to replicate the project countrywide.
Agriculture is undoubtedly the backbone of the national economy, and we must accord it all the attention needed.