Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, Ghana's Head of State, on Friday (11 April) commissioned the Dawhenya Irrigation Project near Accra.
LV PAN Dam
GV Acheampong arrives
GV AND SV Youth Council holding placards
SV AND MV Acheampong shaking hands with VIPs (2 shots)
SV Youth Council holding placards
SV Acheampong unveiling plaque as Chinese irrigation experts look on (2 shots)
GV ZOOM INTO SCU AND MV PAN Acheampong and officials inspecting model of project and produce to be grown there (2 shots)
GV Reservoir PAN TO Crowd (2 shots)
GV Acheampong and members of NRC out of Land Rove?
LV PAN AND MV Acheampong and NRC member looking at reservoir (3 shots)
SV AND MV Acheampong planting tree and watering it (2 shots)
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Background: Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, Ghana's Head of State, on Friday (11 April) commissioned the Dawhenya Irrigation Project near Accra. The scheme will ultimately irrigate 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of land and it is hoped 250 families will be able to settle in the area.
The Dawhenya project originally started in 1959 when the River Lechidaw was dammed. The work was finished in 1961 and a lake about 31/2 miles long by 800 yards wide (5.6 kms by 800 metres) was formed. This pilot scheme irrigated an area of about 750 acres (300 hectares).
In 1973 the National Redemption Council decided the scheme should be turned into an intensive project. Most of the labour same from voluntary workers.
The scheme which Colonel Acheampong commissioned, consists f a 25 foot (7.6 metre) high earth dam storing 1,400 million gallons (6360 million litres) of water.
Because part of the land to be irrigated lies upstream from the dam it was necessary to form a reservoir above the dam and pump water to it with five pumps.
The water is distributed through five canals with a total length of 51/2 miles (8.8 kms).
The scheme was originally to cost 1.89 million Cedis (about GBP600,000 sterling), but with increased costs the total is now put at 2.5 million Cedis (about GBP900,000 sterling).