Professor David Millar, President of the Millar Institute for Trans-disciplinary and Development Studies has disclosed that farmers in the Upper East Region will not be benefitting from the irrigation bit of the Pwalugu ultipurpose Dam.
The project which is estimated to cost US$993 million is touted as the single largest investment by any government in the Northern parts of Ghana. It would consist of a Hydro-Solar Hybrid System of 60 MW Hydro Power and 50 MW Solar Power.
The Multi-Purpose Dam, when completed is expected to control the perennial flooding in the Northern regions caused by heavy rains and the spillage from the Bagre Dam.
In addition, the project would also provide an irrigation scheme covering an area of Twenty-Five Thousand hectares and improve water supply to the Northern parts of the country.
Professor David Millar speaking on the Day Break Upper East Show on A1 Radio disclosed that farms in the Upper East region will not benefit from the irrigation scheme of the multipurpose dam.
According to him the irrigation scheme of the project has been prioritized over the electricity bit.
“The electricity bit has been down played. Now the irrigation bit is stronger. And with the irrigation there’ll be a dam at Kurugu. If this is done then the irrigation will happen at overseas area, so there’ll be no farm benefiting from the irrigation in Upper East. It will all go downstream to where there’s land.”
He argued that even the Upper East Region will not be able to get Twenty Thousand hectares of land for the irrigation project.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Osuman Kaapore Tahiru|Ghana