Diversified Agriculture -Ghana

 

The proposed site for the Diversified Agriculture Project is the Tongu Campus of the Presbytarian University College, located at Mepe – Degorme . See maps attached. This school site has been abandoned for several years due to changing demographic patterns. The population has been shifting from this area of Volta Region to move to the cities for some time due to economic restrictions caused by over fishing and ecological changes occurring on the Volta River. This has left too few students to operate this once thriving community school. The Mepa Council has acknowledged their support for this project by offering the use of this site, with the intent of attracting both technical school staff and students to the area while developing a new diversified agriculture and fisheries based economy for the region.

 

Approach to School Building

 

 

The School building sits on approximately six (6.28) acres (2.54 Ha) of cleared land, located directly on the main road through Mepe, approximately 3 kilometers from the town center. The lands have been well maintained and an existing driveway from the road to the school building, approximately 100 meters in length, allows easy access to the school site. This proposed site has plenty of land available for construction of mushroom houses and dormitory and other necessary buildings. It is situated less than 1000 meters from the main channel of the Volta River. There are three prominent parallel depressions located between the site and the main river channel. These depressions run parallel to both the school building and the river channel, and appear to be previous river channel cuts, but are now located approximately one meter above high water level. Information gathered from the local inhabitants indicates that these depressions previously flooded periodically, but since the Volta Dam became fully operational these depressed areas have remained dry. These natural “ditches” are ideally located and sized for easy conversion into large fish ponds, to be used in training Tilapia farmers in proper fish husbandry and aquaculture technology.

 

 

Closer View of Existing School Building

 

 

The existing School building has Electricity provided as well as easy access. The building is of concrete construction with concrete floors, and the structure and roof are in good condition. There are five separate classrooms in this building. The building would require only a thorough cleaning to put it back in service, as the electricity and water is already supplied and operational.

 

 

Interior of classrooms

 

 

Existing Infrastructure

 

 

One of the two functional wells on site providing potable water for domestic and technical use. There is also existing electrical service to the building.

This proposed site for the Diversified Agricultural Project is the most appropriate of all the sites surveyed for this project. It fulfils all the six major requirements set in the Aloha Ecowas feasibility study:

 

* Site must have local council support for the project and approval for land use

* Site should have existing infrastructure

* Site should be easily accessible by lorry and bus

* Site should be located near a major population center

* Site should have existing buildings and sufficient cleared space for further construction as required

* Site needs adequate water supply – both potable water for students’ use and sufficient water resources for establishment of multiple fish ponds.

 

The Mepe – Degorme site appears ideal and fulfills all these requirements. The Mepe Traditional Council has offered this location for the use of this project for establishment of the technical school and training facility.

 

 

 

 


Map 1 – Overview of Proposed site for Diversified Ag Project

 

 

Map 2 – Mepe – Dagorme area of proposed Project Site Map 3 – Detailed Area of Proposed Site for Diversified Ag Project

It is hard to imagine a more ideal site then this one at Mepe-Dagorme