It appears the promise by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo’s led administration to transform the agriculture sector through private sector partnerships have started off well with some investors readying to go into irrigation projects, in the country.
It follows a decision by a renowned Israeli investment group to partner with government in the development of irrigation farming in the northern sector of Ghana, a development which will be a significant boost to the ‘One Village One Dam Policy’ of the current government.
The Israeli-owned firm, Commercial Project Management Africa and ME, said it is ready to invest in irrigation and technological projects, especially in the area of cultivation of food crops and the construction of factories for agro-processing.
The firm, which has existed for over forty years, has been operating in more than 100 countries across the world, with investments in several areas including agriculture, mining, trading among others.
A delegation from the firm led by its head, Mr Danny Ariel, has held discussions with the Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr Owusu Afriyie Akoto, to assess the possibility of commencing operations in the country.
The firm is expected to partner the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) to ensure the smooth and efficient implementation of its programmes, starting in Kokobila in the Kumbungu District of the Northern region.
At the meeting with the Minister, on Tuesday, Mr Ariel, said the firm would particularly support women’s groups who are into farming as a way to empower them.
He, therefore, expressed the hope that his outfit will be offered the needed assistance regarding the acquisition of land as well as a reliable supply of power to undertake their operations.
The Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dr OwusuAfriyieAkoto, in response, described the project as a laudable noting that it will complement the efforts of government at reducing poverty and improving the lives of rural folks through agriculture.
He, however, requested from the Ministry to be provided with the requisite models and details for scrutiny to make the necessary recommendations.
Dr Akoto also assured the investors that once the project is approved, the Ministry will give them the necessary assistance to ensure the smooth implementation of their plans.