The Government of Ghana acting through the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) and its Agency Ghana Irrigation Development Authority, have constructed 32 houses for affected persons within the reservoir area of the Tamne Irrigation Dam in the Upper East Region.
The objective of the Tamne Irrigation Project is to provide water for all-year-round agriculture to transform the lives of the people through poverty reduction. It is also aimed to mitigate the perennial flooding of the region. Thirteen (13) communities within the project catchment area are expected to benefit from the project when completed.
In addition, the houses are to resettle the affected person to higher grounds to pave way for the completion of the irrigation project meant to ensure all-year farming as well as check the perennial flooding experienced by neighbouring communities.
Ing Wilson K. Darkwah who led the Ministry’s team on behalf of MOFA, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, jointly with Hon. Stephen Yakubu the Upper East Regional Minister, presented the keys of the ten (10) buildings to the beneficiaries, at a ceremony in Tamne on Tuesdays, September 7, 2021.
Tuesday’s presentation brings to a total of 32 buildings MoFA/GIDA has given to persons previously living in the reservoir area. Two more buildings are to be completed and handed over.
The Regional Minister expressed appreciation to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and MoFA for the irrigation project, which he said was intended to transform the lives of the people in the district and its catchment areas. He said the project would afford people the opportunity to develop the vast arable land for all-year agricultural activities, especially farming and fishing activities, in the area.
Hon. Yakubu urged the community members to protect the asset for the economic transformation of the district and the region at large.
The General Manager of Munisco Limited, Ing. Jawal Abdul-Rakeeb, who led the execution of the dam and housing project, said that MoFA engaged the company to construct the works.
He thanked all stakeholders in the district and the communities for their support and immerse cooperation during the construction work.