Stakeholders call for irrigation at Upper Manya to increase food production

Asesewa April 18, GNA – Stakeholders at a workshop on advocacy for the establishment of an irrigation system for the Upper Manya ‘Dademantsemei’ Union have called for the adoption of the Project by the Upper Manya District Assembly.

The union, which is a farmer-based organization, specializes in the production of vegetables.

The stakeholders noted that with part of the district being covered by the Volta River, the adoption of the Project would benefit other farmers in the area and help increase food production.

It would also create jobs for the youth to raise the economic standard of the people in the district.

They argued that such a project could increase the production period in the district and productivity in general and therefore called for efforts to improve storage facility by individual farmers.

They also called for a determined effort to design appropriate marketing strategies to avoid food glut which could lead to impoverishment of farmers.

Briefing the workshop about the project, the Service Provider, Mr Louis Acheampong, said the Project which was being sponsored by the Business Sector Advocacy Challenge Fund (BUSAC Fund) was to help members of the union to advocate for the creation of an irrigation scheme to help them increase productivity.

He said the Project had trained members of the association in advocacy, conducted research on the Project and would organize dialogue with policy makers to get them to buy into it.

Mr Samuel Ofoe Narh, Chairman of the Union, said they would make efforts to increase their membership to get more farmers in the district to benefit from the Project.

He said the Union had no female member but would encourage women farmer groups to participate in their activities.