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Ghana needs more irrigation systems

2008-09-24 23:09:12
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The Northern Regional Director of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), Mr Sylvester Adongo, has stated that only 10, 000 hectares or 0.05 per cent of Ghana’s agricultural land is under irrigation.

He said the country could only make progress in its agricultural production, when it increases the area of irrigation of its agricultural land under cultivation.

He noted that while only 20 per cent of the world’s farmland was irrigated, it produced over 40 per cent of the world’s food supply.

Mr Adongo was addressing a four-day international conference on “Increasing water productivity of rain-fed cropping systems”, in Tamale on Monday.

The forum, which was a collaboration of the Challenge Program (CP) on Water and Food and the Savanna Agriculture Research Institute (SARI) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), had 40 participants drawn from 18 countries from Africa, Asia and Latin America.

The forum seeks among other things to provide the participants insights on how to monitor the fate of water and water productivity, by learning from each other’s experience and from recognized experts.

It would also review findings on in-field water harvesting and conservation impacts of soil and residue management on land and water productivity, and components of the balance for rain-fed crops in Africa.

Mr Adongo said it was in recognition of the need to boost agricultural productivity through increased irrigation that government had set a target of putting 100,000 hectares of land under cultivation by 2015.


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