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The Deputy Upper West Regional Director of Food and Agriculture, Dr Mark Hansen, says water resources, especially dams constructed for dry season farming and animal husbandry in the area, are under utilized.
He said the purpose for which the dams had been constructed had not been achieved because of squabbles among the local people over ownership of the land housing the dams.
He called on traditional authorities to amicably settle all disputes and allow full participation of the people in the utilisation of the dams.
Dr. Hansen was addressing members of the Seed Producers Association of Ghana (SEEDPAG) at a workshop to mobilise support for peasant agriculture through increase financing and improved farming methods in Wa.
He said the interest of the people to use water from the dams was not as encouraging as those in the Upper East Region and urged the people to patronise the facilities to help improve their health status and income levels.
He announced that dams that had been broken down in the last year’s floods would be rehabilitated this year to enhance water restoration for animal husbandry and dry season gardening.
Dr Hansen noted however that the problem facing many farmers in the region was how to sustain the impact of the knowledge and skills they had acquired from agricultural projects.
On agricultural financing, Dr. Hansen said MOFA was not a financial institution but facilitator that either directly or indirectly helped in the disbursement of credit facilities to farmers.
Dr. Hansen suggested to the government and international organisations involved in agriculture, that it was not prudent to finance one component of the sector but the total valued chain must be resourced.
Mr. Dennis Puorideme, a Development Consultant and a resource person at the forum, called on financial institutions to take up agriculture as a profitable venture to support the provision of goods and businesses in order to create more jobs.
He said it was sad for many of the financial institutions in the country to narrow their support to only business entities to the detriment of agriculture, pointing out: “this practice had helped entrenched poverty and hunger among the people”.