Construction of ‘small dams’ in northern Ghana to make water resources available to farmers is expected to cost GH₵2.5m each, Food and Agriculture Minister, Dr. Owusu Afriyie Akoto, has told parliament.
The minister was speaking when he appeared before parliament on Tuesday to answer questions on the specified locations of the 311 facilities earmarked for intervention under the One Village, One Dam programme.
When asked by the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, regarding how much it may cost to construct a dam, the minister said: “I am told the smallest dam costs GH₵2.5m”.
He also stated that five hundred and sixty (560) locations have been identified in communities in the Northern, Upper-West and Upper-East Regions to benefit from construction of dams to aid in agricultural irrigation.
“So far, 560 locations have been identified for the construction of dams to address the imperative of providing reliable water resources to support farmers in the targetted regions.
“Of the 560 locations identified, 311 have been selected for the construction of dams under the 1V1D programme.”
Government launched the One Village, One Dam programme (1V1D) at Savelugu in the Northern region on July 23, 2017.
The purpose of the programme is to boost agriculture by promoting all-year-round farming activities, especially in the country’s northern regions.
Even though implementation of the programme is yet to start, reports indicate that contracts have been awarded for the flagship programme to begin soon.
During the 2016 electioneering campaign, President Akufo-Addo promised to build a dam in villages of the three regions of the north via a well-planned irrigation policy.
He said a robust irrigation policy of ‘One Village, One Dam’ will make Ghana crop all-year-round and eventually become a net exporter of most foodstuffs.
The country’s agricultural sector is key to national development, which is seen as an engine of growth to move the economy beyond aid.
The One Village, One Dam programme is one such initiative aimed at boosting agricultural productivity to achieve sustainable industrial and agribusiness development as a means of wealth and job-creation.