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Irrigation project for Pwalugu

2010-03-23 19:45:56
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An irrigation project involving the installation of 150 irrigation water pumps, pipelines and accessories has been completed at Pwalugu in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region to enhance agricultural production in the area.

The installation of the pumps, which cost GH¢1.3 million, will enable farmers in the Pwalugu area to irrigate 900 hectares for agricultural purposes.

The project forms part of a green revolution spearheaded by the Upper East Regional Coordinating Council to make the region a centre of agricultural production.

The beneficiary farmers paid 10 per cent of the GH¢8,750 being the cost of one pump while the green revolution programme subsidised 40 per cent of the cost. The rest was given out as loan to be paid by the farmers over a three-year period.

In a speech read on his behalf by the District Chief Executive for Talensi-Nabdam, Mrs Vivian Anafo, at the inauguration of the project, the Upper-East Regional Minister, Hon. Mark Owen Woyongo, said the green revolution, which began with the introduction of dry season irrigated maize cultivation, was eliminating the annual hunger periods among families with access to irrigation facilities.

He said the region used to be classified as a food deficit region but things were turning for the better, adding that it was unusual to find fresh maize in the dry season but with the introduction of irrigation facilities farmers were cultivating maize throughout the year.

Hon. Woyongo said the situation called for the expansion of irrigable facilities and support for small ruminant and guinea fowl production.

The Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture (MoFA) in charge of crops, Mr Yaw Effah ­Baafi, who inaugurated the project, said farmers in the three northern regions were facing a lot of challenges.

The challenges, he stated, ranged from poor distribution of rainfall, soil fertility, high cost of external inputs, low prices of agricultural commodities owing to poor market access and lack of market information.

He said it was for those challenges that the government took two loans from the African Development Bank (AFDB) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development(IFAD) to finance the Northern Rural Growth Programme (NRGP), which has been designed to promote agribusiness and increase rural incomes.

He said the AFDB financing component was being applied to improve supportive rural infra­structure such as roads , and bridges, dams, irrigation equipment and ware­houses, while the IFAD financing component was taking care of agricultural production and marketing.

The National Programme Coordinator of NRGP, Mr. Roy Ayariga said the programme which covers the three northern regions and five districts in the Brong Ahafo Region, adopted the value chain approach where producers and marketers were linked in mutually beneficial business relationships.

source: ghanadistricts.com

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