A Professor of Soil and Water Engineering at University of Cape Coast [UCC], Prof. Livingston Kobina Sam-Amoah has lauded government’s one-village-one-dam project saying, if successfully implemented, the project will help store water all year round for irrigation without farmers having to rely solely on rainfall to meet the water requirements of crops.
He says the policy is a meaningful way of enhancing food security in the country and encouraged the need for concrete steps to ensure its fruition.
Prof Sam-Amoah made the statements while delivering his inaugural address at University of Cape Coast yesterday on the topic, ‘Ensuring Food Security: Damming The Waters Or Damning Our Future’. The Professor of soil science explained that, for Africa to achieve its fullest potentials in food security, it will require a new crop of entrepreneurial leaders dedicated to the continent’s economic improvements through the Advancement in Science, Technology and Engineering.
He described the one district one dam policy as laudable.
“Obviously the one district one dam 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 judgement.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 construction of infrastructure to stock water to facilitate effective and sustainable all year round commercial agricultural production."
" It is a very laudable thing. There will be so many more dams which would store water and then there will be simple irrigation facilities that would lead out from the dams and the dug outs and it is envisioned that about 2, 215 hectares of land and I pray that this will be carried through so that we shall ensure food security”.
While encouraging diversification of crops for household consumption, Professor Sam Amoah also charged government to operationalize its policies on irrigation to salvage the country from doom of hunger.
Prof Sam-Amoah has taught courses in soil and water engineering and drainage and irrigation systems management since 1994. Among his research areas are performance assessment of irrigation schemes, Agriculture simulation studies, irrigation system schemes and crop water requirement and deficit irrigation studies. He is currently the Provost of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at the University of Cape Coast.
Source : ATL FM NEWS