Ernest Addo (With Diplomatic Files)
As Ghanaians debate the practicability or otherwise of the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) ‘OneVillage, One Dam’ promise, documents
have been sighted by The New Crusading GUIDE that suggest that the debate may be coming to an end soonest.
Exactly twelve days after the Electoral Commission (EC) declared Nana Akufo Addo President-elect just-ended presidential and parliamentary polls, research documents, copies of which are in the possession of The New Crusading GUIDE, reveal that not only is the controversial promise feasible after all, but that the seemingly impossible feat was achieved over a decade ago by one African country – Burkina Faso – which has a much, much smaller economy.
The documents reveal that, apart from three urban districts in Burkina Faso, which are: Ouagadougou, which is the national and political capital, Bobo, the economic capital and Nahouri (the province stretching from port towns Po and Dakola into Ouagadougou), the rest of the districts in the respective provinces are benefiting from the facility as a matter of policy by the state.
Further research revealed that the national irrigation programme in Burkina Faso for small holder producers covers 42 districts in the Sahelian nation, producing mainly vegetables. Burkina also produces huge quantities of cereals like millet and maize on other irrigation sites, aside of the list of 42.
The country’s agric policy is informed and facilitated by the fact that people live in typical Sahelian African village setting, where one finds smaller spaces of land on which there are settlements and kilometers of space lying undeveloped. During the production period, producers move from settlements onto sites, carrying with them their food rations, toiletries and other basic necessities.
According to the document, which formed part of material and official records presented by the Ghana National Tomato Traders and Transporters Association to facilitate a study conducted in 2009 by the prestigious International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) J889Washington, these irrigation sites provid the bulk of the tomato and onions exported to countries in the sub-region, including Ghana and Togo during the lean season period. These facilities do not also include the highly commercial Bagre Dam Free Zone enclave, where more sophisticated commercial farming goes on in crops like mango, banana, sesame and potato for export outside the sub-region.
“We buy from Yako, Kaya, Dori, Piela and Sourou,” one trader on the CMB Market in Accra told The New Crusading GUIDE. Another, confirming the claim also mentioned Ziniare, Koudougou and Kupela, all of which, they affirmed, are artificially-dammed irrigation sites.
The document listing the sites as: Di, Zitenga, Titao, Thiou, Dori, Sourou, Ziniare and Kaya. Others are Koudougou, Piela, Kupela, Goinre, Yatenga, Tougo and Kassomde. Adding to the list are more sites, including Bangassomba, Niessega, Barrage Kanazoe, Koudilima, Gourcy, Ladwenda, Batongdo, Soa and Gomponssom.
These 42 are outside of irrigation facilitated by rivers in Faso, which are used for gardening as exists along the 37 Military Hospital-Dzorwulu and Nima-Kanda stretches.
These food baskets answer to Goaso, Ejura, Afrantcho, Akumadan, Tuobodom, Agogo in the Middle Belt; Begoro (Fanteakwa), Suhum, Afram Plains amongst others in the Eastern Region and Salaga, Kpandai, Kpasa and Bimbilla as well as Tono, Vea and Pwalugu and others in the Northern Regions.
The rest on the tall list of irrigation sites are Kouriten, Gnagna, Namente, Pibaore, Korismoro, Nabingna, Oubritenga, Songpelse, Kirisgouem, Loumbila, Goue, Pensa, Lac Dem and Ziga; and finally, Pissila, Dablo, Sammatenga, Fada Gourma, Ouahigouya on Burkina Faso-Mali border. And the list goes on and on.
Burkina Faso does not export gold, cocoa or oil. According to an IMF Country Report, 90% of the nation’s workforce is employed in agriculture, with the agrarian economy exporting 80% of its produce.