By Anthony Apubeo, GNA
Aug. 15, GNA – The rehabilitation of the $30 million multipurpose Tono
Irrigation project in the Kassena-Nankana Municipal of the Upper East Region is
expected to be completed in June 2020 while the Water treatment plant, a
component of the project would be completed in 2021.
disclosed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo when he toured the facility
as part of his two-day working visit to the region.
which is being funded by the World Bank and the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID), was awarded to Top International Engineering
Cooperation, (TIEC), a Chinese construction firm last year.
Akufo-Addo said the facility, upon completion, would not only help the water
treatment plant to provide water for the population of the region, but would
also enable farmers in the area to do all year round farming.
the contractor to ensure quality work, he said, the project would ensure that
more farmers would be enrolled onto the government’s flagship programme of
Planting for Food and Jobs.
said government, through the Ministry of Special Development Initiative and the
Ministry of Agriculture, was also constructing a number of warehouses across
the region to help address the problems associated with post-harvest losses.
Ms Annelies De
Beule, the Project Coordinator of TIEC, who briefed the president on the
progress of work, said about 30 per cent of work on the water treatment project
had been completed.
Irrigation project, which was constructed in 1985 to promote agriculture
production in the Navrongo area, had not seen a major rehabilitation, making
the facility to operate below capacity.
could irrigate an area of about 4,000 hectares of farmlands, however, as a
result of the breakdown of the major canals and laterals that carry water from
the dam to farmlands, only 1,300 hectares of farmlands are being irrigated.
when completed, would boost agriculture production in the Kassena-Nankana and
Builsa communities and is expected to feed the new water treatment plant under
construction at Tono to supply treated water to Navrongo, Paga, Zuarungu,
Bolgatanga and their environs by the Ghana Water Company Limited.
Afriyie Akoto, the Minister of Agriculture, who was with the president said,
the project when completed, would not only double the number of farmers
currently working in the area but would also empower the youth and women groups
in the area with jobs and increase their income generation activities.
government was working hard to procure farm implements and equipment including
tractors and combined harvesters among other Agriculture machinery, to help
boost agriculture production for food sufficiency as well as for export.
Pe Denis Aniakwa
Beliana Asagpare Adda II, the Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional Area
in a speech read for him by Pe Dr Pwakweah Atuldine Atudipare, the Chief of
Mayoro, thanked the President for implementing some of the government flagship
programmes, including Free education, one village one dam, one district one
factory, planting for Food and Jobs as well as the rehabilitation of the Tono
Irrigation project in the area.
He appealed to
the President, to as matter of urgency, approve the rehabilitation of the
Navrongo-Kologu-Naaga road, to boost the economic prospects of the area and
improve the standard of living of the poor rural communities.