The one-village-one-dam project starts full operation this year, President Nana Akufo-Addo has declared at his second state of the nation address delivered in Parliament today [Thursday].
The president described the policy as a simple, low-tech project, but these dams will make a big difference to all our lives and the livelihoods of our farmers,’’ he stated.
He told parliamentarians that, many of the little dams that had been abandoned have been rehabilitated and brought back into use.
‘’A deliberate and specific intervention to help farmers is paying off,’’ the president said.
Farmers in Ghana he indicated ‘’can see that the government is putting resources to back up the usual words. The 50% subsidy on fertilizer, and the increase in the provision of extension services, is making a great difference to the performance of Ghanaian agriculture.’’
The flagship agriculture policy, ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ according the president has yielded positive results.
‘’Under the planting for food and jobs scheme, we are witnessing a fresh interest in farming. The success of the first year has encouraged us to increase the scope of the programme, and, this year, some half a million farmers would be signed on, up from the figure of two hundred thousand (200,00),’’ he said.