Caesar Abagali, GNA
Kiape (N/R), Aug.
14, GNA – The Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund, now
Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank), has approved the construction of two dams for
the Mandari and Kiape communities in the Bole District.
The projects are
estimated at GH₵ 8.00 million for dry season farming.
Both communities have
the potential for vegetable production as well as rice, which could be produced
during the dry season to improve the living standards of the people.
Officials from the
EXIM Bank and the Irrigation Development Authority at weekend went to the two
communities and introduced the contractor to the chiefs and people.
Speaking at the
durbar of the chiefs and people of Kiape and Mandari, Alhaji Yussif Sulemana,
National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Bole-Bamboi,
said government recognises the importance of dry season farming to the economic
improvement of the two communities hence the need to provide the dams.
He said the NDC is
committed to work for the people by ensuring that their desired needs are
“It is when you
create the survival opportunities for those in need that you will receive God’s
blessing,” and that the government would not relent its efforts of working to
address poverty, he said.
He appealed to the
chiefs and people of the areas to support the contractor to execute the work well.
Mr Wilson Darkwa,
the Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Irrigation Development Authority
said the two communities have the potential of producing vegetables enough for
local consumption and export.
He said the
construction and upgrading of the Tamale Airport into an international Airport
would give farmers ready market for their vegetable production.
He said plans are in
place to construct canals at the two dams to increase production.
Dr Barfour Osei, CEO
of EXIM Bank in a speech read on his behalf assured the bank’s readiness to
support communities with the potential of becoming business hub to grow.
He said the bank
would consider all proposals by the Irrigation Development Authority and would
not hesitate to approve those that have the potential of creating and growing