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Ministry of Food and Agriculture to Provide 40 Million Dollars Relief for Farmers Affected by Dam Spillage

The aid would be in the form of input grants for seeds, fertilizers, and machinery - between February and April 2024. Bryan Acheampong, Minister of Food and Agriculture has affirmed the government's commitment to relieve the plight of farmers affected by the dam spillage.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture has announced a forty-million-dollar ($40m) fund for farmers affected by the floods caused by the Akosombo Dam spillage last year. According to the ministry, the package is a relief from the World Bank to aid farmers in the upcoming farming season.

The aid would be in the form of input grants for seeds, fertilizers, and machinery – between February and April 2024. Bryan Acheampong, Minister of Food and Agriculture has affirmed the government’s commitment to relieve the plight of farmers affected by the dam spillage.

“I have publicly committed to providing assistance to the affected farmers through a forty-million-dollar package. This funding has been sourced from the Food Systems Resilience Program which is a World Bank-funded program currently being implemented by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture,” he said in Parliament.

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“Mr Speaker, this is with the aim of swiftly providing inputs and other resources essential for enabling the affected farmers to resume agricultural activities in the upcoming farming season. I assure this honorable House that we are diligently working to alleviate the challenges faced by our farmers,” he added.

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Last year, many people were affected by the Akosombo Dam spillage. The dam spillage caused floods in downstream communities and damaged farms, livestock, crops, irrigation systems and other properties.

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