Gov’t eyes wind,solar irrigation systems for ‘Planting for Food’ policy Featured

Oct 11, 2017

Government intends to achieve very low production cost through the promotion and mass deployment of solar and wind powered water pumps during the implementation of the 'Planting for Food and Jobs policy', Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed
He observed that, the effective development and utilization of the country's renewable energy potentials can play key roles in achieving economic transformation through wealth creation.
"Under the 'One Village One Dam 'policy, where water cannot be delivered to farmers using gravitational force, reliable wind and solar powered pumps will supply water to farms" he explained
The Vice President was addressing dignitaries at the 3rd Ghana Renewable Energy Fair in Accra on Tuesday where he disclosed government will explore the benefits of renewable energy to improve the fortunes of Ghanaians.
"We would achieve this by promoting the right policies and forging the right synergies with the relevant sectors such as agriculture, trade, industry, transportation, and research," he noted.
He said government through the Energy Ministry, the Food and Agriculture Ministry and the Irrigation Development Authority, is considering the use of renewable energy technologies in the irrigation schemes for areas that are remote from the national grid.
Dr Bawumia argued that, the several solar streetlights in most parts of the capital have not functioned adequately to the benefit of the country.
"It is for this reason that government has tasked the Ministry to provide a pool of technical expertise to the roads and transportation sectors to design and deploy a more robust and cost effective solar streetlights for the various streets across the country" he said.
The Ghana Renewable Energy Fair, which consists of a conference and an exhibition, is an annual event by government to promote renewable energy solutions and the creation of linkages between the various stakeholders.
The theme for the 2017 fair is: 'Renewable Energy: An engine for distributed wealth creation'