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2021 Budget: The ‘unsatisfactory’ 1V1D wasn’t addressed -PFAG

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The Upper East Regional Focal Person for Peasant Farmers Association of Ghana (PFAG), John Akaribo has registered his displeasure over an unaddressed critical issue of the government’s One Village One Dam (1V1D) program, initiated under the Ministry of Special Development Initiative.

According to him, the 1V1D project was ‘unsatisfactorily’ carried out, therefore he expected government to address same and investment in other dams in the 2021 Budget Statement.

He said, “…the serious omission is the rehabilitation of the Vea Dam and other dams that had similar challenges. If they can continue to roll out projects like the 1V1D which was not constructed to our satisfaction, it would be better. Those are the areas we expected to hear in the 2021 budget.”

The Caretaker Minister for Finance who doubles as the substantive Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, on Friday 12 March 2021 delivered Government’s 2021 Budget Statement and Economic Policy in Parliament.

However, speaking on Daybreak Upper East on A1radio, John Akaribo was not enthused because he feels the budget didn’t talk about the challenges in the implementation of government’s flagship program (1V1D), a project he believes is laudable and could largely assist farmers particularly in Northern Ghana to do all year round farming.

“The Vea Irrigation Dam already serves thousands of famers on the field but (even though it is in a bad state), has not been attended to over the years, and this is a worry.”

He therefore urged government to offer farmers, value for money because the interest of a farmer is the quality of work done in intervention programs.

Source: a1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|James Nana Tsiquaye|Ghana

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