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Jun 23, 2011

WFP supports rehabilitation of dams


Mr. Yakubu Duogu, the Wa Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), says the World Food Programmes (WFP), through its Food for Work project, has supported five communities in the Wa Municipality, in the Upper West Region with food items to repair their dams and dugouts with local labour.

He adds that, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), the Ghana Irrigation Authority (GIDA) and the Wa Municipal Assembly are collaborating to give technical support to the communities.

Mr. Duogu said this when he addressed members of the Boli community at the site of the dams and also lauded WFP and the community members for the initiative and accepting to use their own labour to rehabilitate the dams, respectively.

According to him, the food package for the whole project, which weighs 98 metric tones, consist of maize, beans and vegetation oil salt, noting that the dams, when rehabilitated, will boost agricultural production and ultimately promote food security in the rural areas.

He explained that, the initiative has the potential to increase the water-holding capacity of the dams, which will promote small-scale irrigation and livestock production in the communities.

Mr. Eric Adu-Amankwa, the GIDA Regional Manager on his part, praised the community members for their hard work.

Members of the communities expressed appreciation, to all who have contributed towards the rehabilitation of the dams.

The five beneficiary communities are Boli, Sagu, Charingu, Kpongu and Yibile.

 Source : ISD