De-silting Dam

 

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History of the Dam and Surrounding Area

The dam was created by the State Construction Company (SCC), a now defunct corporation. SCC used the dam to farm approximately 30 acres. It was abandoned in the late 1980s. Since that time, the dam has remained idle. Because of the lack of maintenance, sand and other dirt has washed over time into the dam. However, the embankment around the dam is still in working condition. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, if the dam is de-silted, it can be used effectively at full capacity.

The land on which the dam is located and the surrounding area (the area which will be farmed) belongs to the Hosu clan, the Paramount clan of Abuadi region. They have agreed to allow all residents of the community to farm the land and are supportive of any initiatives that will benefit the community. A technical officer at the Ministry of Agriculture stated that the land is fertile and would be able to grow successfully a wide variety of vegetables, if there is access to sufficient water.

Future Expansion

The dry season farm will initially begin as a 10 acre community project. It is expected that the revenue from the first season will be sufficient to purchase a minimum of one additional water pump. The area of land farmed will thus be effectively doubled within one year. The project will multiply at a rapid but steady and manageable rate. Other villages in the area will also benefit from using the dam.

The dam is approximately half an acre in size, possibly larger. If renovated properly, it has the potential to farm 100 acres. Farming that amount of land will have an immediate effect on the income of farmers in the region during a normally unproductive time of year. Because of the low supply during the dry season, the prices of vegetables skyrocket. This creates a real opportunity for those who are able to farm and supply at this time. The Ministry of Agriculture estimates that farming one acre of tomatoes can yield a profit of 12,000 Ghanaian cedis. Similarly, an acre of okro (a vegetable with which the community has a lot of experience) can yield an estimated profit of 5,000 Ghanaian cedis. The profit potential from a dry season farm will be significant.

Obstacles to its development

It will come as no surprise to you that we face a major challenge in resurrecting the dam.

We lack the expertise and heavy duty equipment to de-silt the dam and provide the much needed water supply to the farmers, especially during the dry season.

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