The Executive Director of the Community Development Alliance (CDA), Salifu Issifu Kanton has said none of the dams completed under the government policy 1 Village, 1 Dam policy is fit for purpose.
According to Mr. Kanton，the 1V1D is a very good policy which is aimed at all year round farming. This will in turn stop the seasonal migrational trend of the unemployed young people from villages in northern Ghana to urban areas in search of non-existent jobs.
Though the government’s intention was superb and had the potential of transforming the agricultural fortumes，the rythymic brief slogan 1V1D has been implemented wrongly. Mr Kanton stressed that none of the 1V1D completed across the Northern sector is fit for purpose. He explained that they are not fit for purpose due to their inability to be used for irrigational purposes. The Executive Director for CDA, Mr. Kanton made these known on Radio Waa flagship program “Wa Gyaa Yela”. He bemoaned the minimal involvement of the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority in the implementation process saying their expertise was not sought in “the design, award and construction of the dams”.
Salifu Issifu Kanton further indicated that, there is no clear agricultural value chain policy to address post harvest losses which leads to farmers getting poor and poorer while input dealers and the policy implementers are getting richer and richer. Noting that, government policies are disjointed.
The Executive Director of the Center for Community Development Alliance added that, the Planting for Food and Jobs has produced millionaires but those PFJ millionaires are those fertilizer smugglers who are known government officials who have not been prosecuted, though the Minister of Agriculture said he knew them.
He asserted that “the greatest beneficiaries of the PFJ are the inputs dealers and fertilizer smugglers, they are the PFJ millionaire and not the farmers.”