The first crop of rice and vegetables has been harvested from Ghana's latest agricultural project, the Dawhenya Irrigation Project, 25 miles (42 kms) east of the capital, Accra.
GV Sign "Welcome to Dawhenya irrigation Project"
SV Workers harvesting tomato crops (3 shots)
GV Workers in rice fields
SV PAN FROM Irrigation water TO Women splashing water onto young plants (3 shots)
CU Hungarian peppers being harvested (3 shots)
SV Workers picking okra
GV Workers cutting rice
SV Stacking rice for drying
SV Putting rice into threshing machine
CU Rice being put into bags
SV & GV Pouring rice form sacks onto ground for drying (3 shots)
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Background: The first crop of rice and vegetables has been harvested from Ghana's latest agricultural project, the Dawhenya Irrigation Project, 25 miles (42 kms) east of the capital, Accra.
Fifty farmers, from all over the country, cultivate 44 1/2 hectares (109 acres) of vegetables and 42 hectares (103 acres) of rice.
Already the irrigated land has yielded a crop of 500 lbs (225 kgs) of rice an acre.
The vegetable yield is about three tons an acre.
Apart from the rice, the farmers grow tomatoes, Hungarian peppers and okra.
The project was started in 1959 when work started on a multi-purpose earth dam across the River Lechidaw. This was finished in 1961 and the resulting lake that formed behind the 3,000 yard (1,000 metres) dam is three and-a-half miles (six kms) long.
A pilot project was started then and it has produced two crops of rice a year since.
In July 1973 volunteers from Ghana's three universities resumed work on the site and the project was officially commissioned by Head of State, Colonel I. K. Acheampong in April last year.