Navro–Pio appeals for sprinkler irrigation for Gia communities

By Fatima Anafu-Astanga, GNA   

Tono (U/E), Feb. 3, GNA – Pe-Dennis Aneakwoa
Belinia Adda, the Paramount Chief of the Navrongo Traditional Area, has
appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to assist the Gia Community
and its environs with sprinkler irrigation systems to enhance dry season
farming.

He said such support would facilitate all
year-round faming within the Gia community and the Kassena-Nankana Municipality
among others, which would also help protect the Tono water resource.

Pe Balinia expressed worry that Gia and other
communities whose lands covered the largest portion of the Dam in Tono lacked
irrigation facilities despite being noted for producing the best vegetables in
the Region including tomatoes, garden eggs, lettuce, cabbage and pepper.

The chief made the appeal during the
sod-cutting ceremony at Tono for work to begin on new transmission pipelines
and treatment plants for raw water intake from the Tono Dam for the Upper East
Region.

He said: “Since the Dam’s aim is to provide
treated and safe drinking water and promote irrigation activities, I will plead
for boreholes and sprinkler irrigation in the dry season…”

Pe Balinia called on the President to assist
the farmers to farm all year round to make enough revenue to take care of their
families and improve their living conditions.

He commended the Government for the water
project, which would lay a solid foundation for economic development in the
Upper East Region.

The Paramount Chief reiterated the significant
role the Tono Irrigation Dam played in reducing poverty, improving the
nutritional needs of the Region, especially of children and women, and
enhancing incomes of farmers.

He said the project, when completed, would
bring a lasting solution to the water challenges in the area.

“With enhanced safe drinking water, our health
needs will also be improved and productivity will be improved as well,” he
added.

GNA

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