Gov’t to roll out €7.1 bn Savannah development project

Government is to roll out a programme under the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), for agricultural investment in the Savannah Ecological Zone.

The €7.1 billion programme is to contribute to the development of a sustainable, resilient and modernized agriculture in the zone, and all the 11 districts in the Upper West Region would benefit from it.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said this in a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Kofi Dzamesi, the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, at the annual “Paari Gbielle” Festival of the chiefs and people of the Tumu Traditional Area in the Sissala East District.

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He said government is also committed to fulfilling its campaign promise of providing each village in northern Ghana with one dam, to help address challenges in agriculture such as inadequate and erratic rainfall, floods and droughts.

He said the provision of dams would enable community members produce food crops and vegetables all year round, especially during the off or dry seasons.

The dams he said, would also provide jobs for the youth and help reduce the rural-urban migration.

In fulfillment of the one district, one factory project, Nana Akufo-Addo assured the people that the Ghana Cotton Ginnery in Tumu would be revamped.

He said five communities namely; Tumu, Bugubelle, Kong, Wellembelle and Kulfuo-Tarsor in the Sissala East District, would have their dams de-silted and rehabilitated with buffers, created to protect the dams under the Adaptation Fund Project.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Ghana, are jointly funding the project which would also come along with alternative livelihoods such as the provision of beehives and fish caging.

President Akufo-Addo said government was aware of the deplorable nature of roads in the district, and gave the assurance that it was determined to complete ongoing roads and construct new ones to facilitate the transportation of people, goods and services.

He said the Tumu-Wellembelle, Tumu-Sorbelle, Tumu-Navrongo and Tumu-Hain roads would be upgraded, while the Nabugubelle-Dolibizon, Nabugubelle-Mwandouno, Bugubelle-Sentie, Bawiesibelle-Nabulo and Challu-Nabugubelle feeder roads would be worked on.

Emergency works at Tinabelle-Bawiesibelle and Dasima-Sentie feeder roads would also be tackled, President Akufo-Addo said.

Source: GNA