As the government works to implement its flagship program, Planting for Food and Jobs, a soil science and water engineering expert at the University of Cape Coast is cautioning government that the policy could fail should irrigation farming and the creation of dams be ignored.
According to Prof. Livingstone Sam Amoah, ignoring the construction of dams and not factoring in irrigation in agricultural production will spell doom for food security in the country.
Prof Amoah, the Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Cape Coast, who was delivering his inaugural lecture at the University of Cape Coast, lauded government’s ‘One Village One Dam’ project.
He is convinced the project will provide water all year round for irrigation without farmers having to rely solely on rainfall to meet the water requirements of crops.
“Obviously the One District One Dam policy is a very good programme. I am not saying this because maybe I have sympathies with NPP or NDC or PPP but I am purely using my professional judgment.”
This is a very laudable scheme and the main purpose of the programme is to make water readily available in as many communities as possible through the construction of infrastructure to stock water to facilitate effective and sustainable all year round commercial agricultural production,” he explained.
Prof. Livingstone Sam Amoah explained, for Africa to achieve its fullest potentials in food security, a certain level of a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent’s economic improvements through the Advancement in Science, Technology and Engineering is required.
“Technology should be the greatest consideration in our agricultural life. Many advanced countries that are doing well in the area of agriculture are doing so with the aid of technology,” he averred.
While encouraging diversification of crops for household consumption, Professor Amoah also charged the government to operationalise its policies on irrigation to salvage the country from famine and other extreme forms of hunger.
The theme for the lecture was “Ensuring Food Security: Damming the Waters or Damning our Future.”
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