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Gargantuan Promises One-village, one-dam promise was only for campaign - Minister

The deputy minister said it is needless and irrational for Ghanaians to believe the promise that all villages will have dams as promised.

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The Deputy Minister of Food and Agriculture has said the 2016 elections campaign promise by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to construct dams in all villages in the three Northern regions was only for campaign.

He said it is needless and irrational for Ghanaians to believe the promise that all villages will have dams as promised.

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In the Upper East Region, Nana Addo said a robust irrigation policy "One Village One Dam" will make Ghana crop all year round and eventually become a net exporter of most foodstuff.

He noted that out of 14 million hectares of land only 30,000 of them is put to use.

play Deputy Minister of Agric Dr Sagre Bambangi


He said his government would provide functioning irrigation infrastructure through the One Village One Dam policy to create jobs and improve food security in Ghana.

Vice President  Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has promised the inhanitants of the Northern region that the 'One-village, one-dam’ initiative would begin at after this year’s rainy season.

He said the people in the three Northern part of Ghana must exercise patience as it would be unwise to commence the building of dams in the rainy season.

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However, speaking to journalists in Tamale, the Deputy Minister Dr Sagre Bambangi said what government seeks to do is to make water accessible to farmers in various communities if residents desire to engage in dry season farming.

"Not all villages will have dams. We said one village, one dam because it was a campaign message. It is commonsensical to say that all villages will have dams. There are already some villages with dams so we will desilt them and those that cannot have access to water we will find ways of getting water to them", he said.


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