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Tamne Irrigation Project to create 5,400 jobs for farmers in the Upper East Region

Farmers and residents living within the Bawku Municipality,and the Garu- Tempani, Binduri and Pusiga Districts of the Upper East Region will have their faces lit with smiles when the Tamne Irrigation Project is constructed. The facility when completed will create about 5,400 jobs directly and indirectly to the people of the four municipal districts. This came about during a sod cutting ceremony by the President, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama when he visited the Site last Monday and was accompanied by an entourage of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority in the persons of Dr. Ben Vas Nyamadi (CEO), Ing Stephen Maclean (Dir Development) and Ing. Samuel Manu Ansah Regional Manager, GIDA Bolga, UER. The main objectives of the Tamne Irrigation Project will be to increase food and other crop production through the increase in crop intensity and reliability of water supply and reduce poverty within the beneficiary communities, in addition the seasonal migration of the youth of the area to urban areas in the south during the long dry season in search of work would greatly reduce as a result of the project development. The project comprises a dam wall of about 1300metres, a spillway and a total irrigable area of 850 hectares under gravity and 500 hectares under pumping. The dam is about 9 meters high and two canals (each of 11and 12 kilometers respectively). The Project implementation strategy is in two phases. The first phase covers the construction of the dam wall, spillway and part of the irrigable area covering 100 hectares estimated to be completed in 18 months. The second phase involves the completion of the remaining 750 hectares of the project. The project is being executed by Messers Munisco Limited.