The Peasant Farmers Association Of Ghana after a research has revealed that 90% of dams constructed under NPP’s 1-Village-1-Dam initiative in the Upper East Region cannot be used for irrigation purpose.
According to the group, there was poor consultation with other government agencies including the District Assemblies during the planning phase of the initiative which resulted in the assemblies not effectively supervising the project.
He viewed into the future by saying that, it [Dams] would be much more useful in the future if aggregated the sums and dug dams in places where dams are possible.
Prof. Joseph Yaro of the Department of Geography of the University of Ghana who led the research classified the dams as domestic use or livestock dams in terms of usage.
“Most of these dams basically can be classified as domestic use or livestock dams in terms of usage, not for farming. So irrigation really is out of the question for probably 90% of the dams.”
He revealed that, so far 83 out of the 140 dams promised by the Akufo Addo government have been completed representing 59%.