As the government works to implement its flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs, a soil science and water engineering expert at the University of Cape Coast is cautioning government that the policy could fail should irrigation farming and the creation of dams be ignored.
According to Prof. Livingstone Sam Amoah, ignoring the construction of dams and not factoring in irrigation in agricultural production will spell doom for food security in the country.
Prof Amoah, the Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Cape Coast, who was delivering his inaugural lecture at the University of Cape Coast, lauded government’s ‘One Village One Dam’ project.
“Obviously the One District One Dam policy is a very good programme. I am not saying this because maybe I have sympathies with NPP or NDC or PPP but I am purely using my professional judgment.
“This is a very laudable scheme and the main purpose of the programme is to make water readily available in as many communities as possible through the construction of infrastructure to stock water to facilitate effective and sustainable all year round commercial agricultural production,” he explained. Read more