German Development Cooperation (GIZ) has partnered the University for Development Studies (UDS) to educate residents of Savannah Region to effectively use solar powered irrigation system for farmers to enhance food production.
The partners have signed a contract to fund training activities at UDS.
Other target group to be trained includes credit officers at financial institutions to enable them understand the technology to better assess loan applications and grant them to farmers at affordable interest rates.
This is expected to improve access to solar powered irrigation system for an all-year-round agricultural production.
The UDS is responsible for training the target stakeholders in the entire northern part of the country.
This was made known on May, 06, 2022, when officers of the project through Yagbon Radio educated the general public on the project, its acquisition as well as its values.
This initiative formed part of the Green People’s Energy project being implemented by the GIZ to build beneficiaries capacities in solar pumping and irrigation system as part of the agreement.
Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Shaibu, Academic Cordinator, Dr. Slyvester Ayambila, Project Coordinator, Dr. Thomas Adongo, Research Team Member and Mr Tony Klu, Communications Officer said the UDS was working on water, irrigation and sustainable agriculture under the West African Centre for Water, Irrigation and Sustainable Agriculture (WACWISA) project, adding that the partnership with GIZ on solar powered irrigation system “Fits perfectly into the WACWISA-UDS project.
The initiative they said had come at the right time, that a lot of graduate students and farmers would also benefit from the technology.
The officers added that the project when implemented is less stressful and women have 50% dicounts while men gets 40% discount.