Work to commence on Kamba Irrigation Dam

President Akufo-Addo acknowledging cheers from the crowd at the festival

President Akufo-Addo acknowledging cheers from the crowd at the festival

Work will soon commence on the construction of the Kamba Irrigation Dam in the Lawra District of the Upper West Region under the government’s One-village One-dam policy, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.

Fallen short of giving a specific timeframe, he said the feasibility studies have already been conducted to ascertain the viability of the project  and the results had proven positive so government would soon initiate the groundbreaking ceremony for work to start.

“Last year a feasibility study was conducted and the report is favourable, so action will commence on it, as soon as possible, under the one-Village-one-Dam programme,” he emphasised.

The Kamba project has been on the drawing board for over four decades with little or no action on it by successive governments despite several appeals from the chiefs and the people of the area.

When constructed, the facility would irrigate more than 3,500hectres of land and benefit over 30 communities within five districts in the region.

Apart from creating 100,000 direct jobs it would also go a long way to reduce the importation of vegetables from neighbouring Burkina Faso and also promote aqua-culture in the region.

The President made the announcement here on Sunday when he joined the chiefs and people of the Lawra traditional area to celebrate their annual Kobine festival.

President Akufo-Addo said agriculture remained the foundation of the country; therefore everything would be done to ensure that it is developed to a modern status.

He explained that as a country, if we were to make any meaningful change in our lives, then our efforts must be geared towards agriculture, stressing that, “The majority of our people can only feel a change in their lives when we develop agriculture.”

The President noted that one of the factors militating against the growth of agriculture in the country was the poor nature of production methods and that would have to be addressed if the country were to make any headway.

“Our production methods are not modern, and income levels of farmers and fisher-folk remain low, making the sector unattractive to the youth as a viable means of livelihood. Indeed, the poorest people in our country are engaged in food crop farming,” he added.

Nana Akufo-Addo said even though the country had made progress especially in the cocoa sector, very little had been done in the area of staples like rice, soya, sorghum and rice production.

He emphasised that, “Agriculture should not be a single-crop industry. Farming is a business and it is a profession that must be promoted and studied like all other professions. Ghana has the unique potential to feed her growing population, meet the raw material requirements of our processing industries, achieve food security, and compete successfully as a leading supplier to countries around us and beyond.”

On his part the Paramount Chief of the Lawra traditional area, Naa Puowelle Karbo III, commended government on the number of initiatives it had embarked on over the last ten months.

He said: “I am pleased to place on record that my people were more than satisfied with these positive responses to our development concerns and these give us hope and high expectations that our socio-economic situation will witness massive improvement under your government.”

Naa Karbo said the Free Senior High School policy, the Planting for Food and Jobs, the construction of the bridge across the River Volta at Dikpe, the massive roads and other infrastructure investments had come along with numerous opportunities despite the attendant challenges.

From Cliff Ekuful, Lawra

 

 

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