Colonel Ignatius Acheampong, Ghana's Head of State, on Friday (11 April) commissioned the Dawhenya Irrigation Project near Accra.
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).