U/E: Farmers get irrigation facility to boost agriculture

A well solar-powered irrigation system has been install at Tindongo in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region to boost agriculture during the dry season.

Sponsored by the Accra Brewery Limited (ABL), the GHC80, 000 irrigation system is intend to benefit over 1,700 persons and offers an alternative to rain-fed agriculture.

Poor rainfall pattern in the northern part of Ghana, especially in the Upper East, has been affecting farming activities, causing a reduction in food production.

The provision of the irrigation system for the people forms part of ABL’s corporate social responsibility programmes.

The company said the system would help farmers, who are mostly into vegetables, to actively farm during the dry season.

Brands Manager of the Company, John Baptist Akado, said the company believes in sustainable development.

He said the introduction of the Eagle Larger Cassava Beer by the company has created a significant number of direct and indirect jobs for cassava farmers and others along the value chain.

Mr Akado stressed that other crops grown in the north are also being used in most of their products thus the need to give back to these communities.

The district chief executive for Talensi, Christopher Boatbil Someteima, lauded the company for contributing to the development of the agriculture sector, and said government recognizes the fact that agriculture is the driving force of the economy.

He stated that apart from the project helping to address the long period duration of drought, which affects farming activities in the area, it would also help solve domestic water problems in Tindongo community and its environs

Some farmers have expressed delight that the irrigation facility will supply water all year round and will make irrigation easier for them.

The upper east regional minister, Rockson Ayine Bukari applauded Accra Brewery limited for providing the communities with irrigation facilities at the time when dry season is about to start.

He said the initiative is in line with government’s agriculture policy of one village, one dam, which is intended to improve irrigation in the three regions of the north.

By Tanko Mohammed Rabiu||Ghana

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