President Mahama promises food security
John Dramani Mahama says his administration is working to guarantee food security and create more jobs through the agricultural sector.
“For every country, food security and agriculture is one of the most important factors that a government has to work on and so this government is determined to make sure that Ghana continues to sustain its agriculture sector and ensure food security in our country”, President Mahama stated in his remarks after a working visit to the Dawhenya Irrigation Scheme site.
The President said agriculture has the potential to create sustainable jobs for the country’s youth, adding that many more irrigation dams and incentives will be provided to encourage the youth to go into agriculture.
“Agriculture is the only way we can ensure that we create a lot of jobs for our young people all over the country. Government is going to make sure that this project is not only protected but it is fully implemented so that we can create more jobs for our young people”, he noted.
The Dawhenya Irrigation Scheme covers a total land area of 2,800 hectares, but according to officials of the Irrigation Development Authority, only 450 hectares has been developed with 250 hectares equipped with irrigation.
The dam is being rehabilitated at a cost of $3.6 million provided by the Korea International Cooperation Agency. The works will include the main irrigation system and the access roads in the area, to ensure all year cropping and attract more private sector investors to the enclave.
President Mahama inspected the state of the dilapidated pumping station and existing facilities at the site. As part of the works, a farmers training centre will be constructed for the training of farmers, students and researchers.
He also warned against encroachment on the Dawhenya lands, saying, “Government is going to make sure that we prevent these lands from being encroached upon. In doing so some people might loose property but it is the principle of ensuring that Ghana has food security.”