The Deputy Prime Minister of Surinam, Mr. O.W. Van Genderen, visited the Dawhenya Irrigation Project?
The Deputy Prime Minister of Surinam, Mr. O.W. Van Genderen, visited the Dawhenya Irrigation Project near Accra on Friday (25 July).
The scheme will eventually irrigate 1,200 acres (485 hectares) of land and support 250 families settled there.
Mr. Van Genderen was shown the latest section of the project by the Ghanaian Attorney General, Mr. Edward Moore.
It consists of a 25 foot (7.6 metres) high earth dam, storing 1,400 million gallons (6,360 million litres) of water.
Because part of the land for irrigation lies upstream from the dam, it was necessary to form a reservoir above the dam and pump water to it with five pumps.
Already many sections of the project have been completed with the aid of volunteers -- including school-children, students, office workers and soldiers. And rice is already proving a thriving crop.
The Dawhenya project was originally launched in 1959 when the River Lechidaw was dammed. The initial work was completed by 1961 and a huge lake created.
In 1973 the National Redemption Council decided the scheme should be turned into an intensive project and last April Ghana's Head of State, Colonel Ignatius Acheampong commissioned the latest section of the scheme.