The first stage of an ambitious irrigation scheme was launched at Dowhenya in Ghana on saturday (5th May).
LV PAN..of canal on Accra Plains
SV & CU Mr. Papafto & African and Chinese officials looking at planes (3 shots)
SV PAN..Mr. Papafto & Chinese experts walk toward pump hose
GV Paup house under construction
SV PAN..Party arriving at pump house (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR..Chinese expert viewing plans (Mr. Chin)
LV Party inspecting pump house
LV of cleared path PAN to officials digging (4 shots)
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Background: The first stage of an ambitious irrigation scheme was launched at Dowhenya in Ghana on saturday (5th May).
Ghana's Commissioner for Agriculture, Colonel Frank Bernaako, initiated the construction of a 9600 foot (226 metres) irrigation channel. The construction of the channel is a prelude to the start of work on a fifty-mile canal, linking Dowhenye on the Accra Plain with Lake Volta.
Colonel Bernaako was accompanied by a team of experts from the People's Republic of China. The Chinese experts were invited by the Ministry of Agriculture to provide the organisational and technical know-how necessary for the construction of the canal.
The actual work is to be undertaken largely by Ghanaian students and volunteers.
On Saturday the official party visited a half-finished pumping station, work on which was stopped after the overthrow of Kwame Nhrumah in 1966.
Following a visit by experts form East Germany -- the original suppliers of the pumping gear -- work on the station is to be resumed. This, conjunction with the new channel, is the first stage in a scheme that will eventually be able to provide water for 5000 acres of farmland in the Acca Plain.