Election 2016: Akufo-Addo promises ‘1-village-1-dam’ to support agriculture – Agriculture

The Presidential nominee of the New Patriotic Party Nana Akufo-Addo has promised to establish a dam in every farming village in a bid to improve agriculture production in the country.

He said the only way to increase the total land area under cultivation in Ghana from 30,000 out of 14 million hectares of arable land is for the country to develop more irrigation systems.

Akufo-Addo made this known Sunday when he was addressing the Bolgatanga Traditional Council on the 2nd day of his tour of the Upper East Region.

“You have been hearing me talking about 1-District-1-Factory. As far as this part of the country is concerned, I even want to go further and talk about “1-village-1-dam”, to make sure that in every village, we have a functioning dam to support agriculture. If Ghana’s agriculture is working well, the nation is capable of feeding West Africa,” he said.

 

“We want to be able to make sure that the entire northern sector of our country, which is a potential bread basket of Ghana, has the irrigation platform to make agriculture work.”

The promise to establish a dam in every farming village is akin to his flagship ‘1-district-factory’ policy which has come under intense criticism form policy think tank IMANI Africa as “unquantifiable.”

Nonetheless, the NPP campaign team has dismissed IMANI’s categorisation of the policy, arguing that it is doable.

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