The completion of the giant Akosombo Dam on the River Volta in Ghana has brought important economic benefits.
CV EXT Power station with transmission lines in foreground.
LV PAN Power transmitters to lines and pylons. (4 shots)
SV Sign 'Welcome to Volta River Project'
GV Akosombo textile factory. (2 shots)
LV PAN Kpandu Torkor village - PAN along village huts.
CU Sign 'Co-op Fishing'
HB Villagers around boat unloading tomatoes and fish. (4 shots)
SV Women with bankets of tomatoes.
Children put fish into basket. (2 shots)
GV Street market (4 shots)
CU Sign "Nkwakubew"
GV PAN Piggery and hen houses.
SV INT. Pigs being fed.
SV INT. Chickens being fed.
CU Sign 'Cotton trial project'
GV PAN Men working in cotton fields. (2 shots)
GV Farmers harvesting tobacco. (3 shots)
GV Nkwarkubew re-settlement township.
GV Houses and family sitting under tree and school building. (3 shots)
GV Akosombo port and sign. (2 shots)
GV Marine shipyard with cargo unloaded.
GV PAN Dam intake
GV PAN From dam wall to lake.
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Background: The completion of the giant Akosombo Dam on the River Volta in Ghana has brought important economic benefits.
Electric power from the dam is being used to operate an aluminium smelter at Temu and an agreement has recently been reached for Ghana to supply power to the neighbouring countries of Togo and Dahomey.
However the GBP70,000,000 project also disrupted the lives of 80,000 people whose homes were flooded when the dam was completed. These people were moved into re-settlement townships and given Government help in starting new enterprises.
The displaced villagers are taking part in an agricultural development programme to improve cotton, tobacco and vegetable crops and increase production of pigs, poultry and fish.
This programme is now helping to lessen Ghana's need to import food.