The current spillage of the Bagre Dam in Burkina Faso has affected over 6,000 acres of farmlands inside the 5 areas of the north – Northern, North-East, Higher East, Higher West and Savannah.
The event poses a severe menace to livelihoods of affected farmers, the vast majority of whom – 90 % – are smallholders who contracted loans to finance their manufacturing.
The affected crops embrace maize, sorghum, groundnut, rice and greens.
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Govt Director of the Peasant farmers Affiliation of Ghana (PFA), Dr. Charles Nyaaba, disclosed this to the B&FT and known as for a everlasting resolution to the perennial destruction of farmlands in northern components of the nation as a consequence of deliberate spillages of the Bagre Dam in neighbouring Burkina Faso.
“What we now have not additionally been capable of do in current instances is be certain that we now have sustainable water reservoirs – together with dams, dug-outs amongst others – to reap the water and allow farmers to utilise it for manufacturing,” he mentioned.
He due to this fact known as for the rehabilitation of irrigation dams and growth of recent ones to reap water from the Bagre Dam. Doing so, he explains, is not going to solely remedy the annual destruction of property however enhance all-year-round farming.
Based on him, only some dams constructed by the Acheampong regime, over 30 years in the past, just like the Botanga and Golinga within the Northern Area; and Tono and Vea dams and irrigation websites within the Higher East Area are nonetheless there to advertise year-round manufacturing.
“If you go to Egypt, the Nile River has been preserved with some reservoirs created alongside the banks to comprise water for home or irrigational actions, selling all year-round farming. In Brazil, each neighborhood has an irrigational scheme for agricultural productions; in the USA of America (USA), related interventions are getting used, as properly in India. The important thing success issue for Indian agriculture is irrigation. These initiatives additionally mitigate local weather change-related points,” he defined.
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Ghana, he mentioned, is lucky to have plenty of rivers, with extra water from the Burkina Faso Bagre spillage and rains which may be reserved for agriculture productions within the dry season – however they aren’t correctly managed.
“Local weather change has develop into a matter of concern to stakeholders – growth companions and analysis establishments. Our fear is the truth that we now have not been capable of put measures in place to mitigate it,” he added.
Explaining additional, he mentioned: “If you go to most nations, there’s a commodity that they’ve comparative benefit in; and even inside Ghana, there are specific commodities which might be associated to sure components of ecological zones – like cocoa, which is a money crop for farmers inside the coastal forestry within the southern zone.
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“In Northern Ghana, as a result of we now have a number of crops, we now have not been capable of specialise; however lately, we now have realised that sorghum has develop into a money crop for farmers within the northern components as a consequence of excessive demand by the brewery firms.”
Dr. Nyaaba acknowledged that: “As farmers, we’re very a lot upset in authorities’s failure to execute the Pwalugu Multipurpose Dam mission after the sod-cutting for graduation of the dam, which we had been advised would assist enhance meals manufacturing”.