INTRODUCTION A massive new irrigation scheme on the River Tono in Ghana is nearing completion.?
INTRODUCTION A massive new irrigation scheme on the River Tono in Ghana is nearing completion. The work's being done by a British construction company, Taylor Woodrow International.
SYNOPSIS: The site of the scheme is near Navrongo in the upper regions of Ghana. It covers about 6,000 acres filled dam and irrigation network involving drainage and roads. Its main purpose is to increase the growth of rice, maize and other crops. The reservoir will also serve as a fish farm.
Work began in 1975 and all equipment was imported from England. There's a work force of about 650 people, many of whom came from Britain for the project. The contract was let to Taylor Woodrow for about 12 million U.S. dollars. The scheme is vital to Ghana which is facing one of its worst economic crises.
The current rate of inflation is about 65 percent and one of the reasons was a poor harvest last year. But a project named "Operation Feed Yourself" is aiming at improving food production. The Tono dam project should play a large part in that development.
When it's finished, the dam will be almost two miles (three kilometres) long, about 55 feet (16 metres) high. Water from it will irrigate land downstream and a series of pumping stations and canals are being built to do this.