The Bia West Mondelez International Cocoa Life Co-operative and Marketing Union has acquired a new water drilling machine at a cost of approximately GH¢ 4 million. This initiative aims to provide access to potable water, particularly for cocoa farmers in the Western North Region of Ghana. The newly procured machine, along with supporting vehicles and accessories, will also address irrigation challenges faced by cocoa farms, especially during dry seasons.
Mr. Adama Issah, the President of the Union, highlighted the multifaceted benefits of the water drilling machine. Beyond ensuring access to clean drinking water, it will assist cocoa farmers in securing sufficient water for their crops, contributing to increased yields. In addition to building schools and ICT centres, the Union recognizes the significance of providing essential resources like water to enhance both human lives and agricultural activities.
Speaking with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Issah emphasized that the initiative aligns with the Union's commitment to holistic community development. The provision of water is expected to positively impact education by reducing lateness to school and improving overall learning conditions in cocoa-growing communities. The Union pledged to continue efforts to ensure that every cocoa-growing community has access to clean water facilities for domestic and agricultural purposes.
Members of the Union expressed their appreciation for the initiative, recognizing its dual benefits of providing potable water and supporting farming activities, particularly during dry seasons. The move reflects a comprehensive approach to community development, addressing essential needs and contributing to the sustainability of cocoa farming in the region.