President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the end of his 3-day tour of the Volta Region cut the sod for the rehabilitation and expansion of the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project, at Torgome, in the North Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region.
With the country possessing 1.9 million hectares of irrigable land, only 210,000 hectrated is suitably developed, representing a little over 11% of the total area which can be potentially irrigated.
That is why the Ghana Commercial Agricultural Project, in consultation with the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority (GIDA), has selected for rehabilitation and modernization the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project (KLBIP), together with four other major public irrigation schemes.
According to President Akufo-Addo, the Kpong Left Bank Irrigation Project will rehabilitate, modernise and expand the existing gravity irrigation scheme from four hundred and fifty (450) hectares to two thousand (2,000) hectares, i.e. more than four-fold.
On successful completion of the project, water made available by the modernised and expanded dam should increase food production through increased cropping intensity as a result of a more reliable supply of water.