SMEC provided detailed designs and tender documentation for the rehabilitation of the Tono and Vea irrigation Schemes.
SMEC’s scope of work included:
- Hydrological, topographic and geotechnical studies
- Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIAs)
- Economic and financial analysis
- Preparation of operation and maintenance manuals.
Funded by the International Development Association (IDA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), this project forms part of the larger Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project. The Government of Ghana, through the Irrigation Development Authority, constructed 22 public irrigation schemes to support agriculture and local production.
The irrigation schemes supply water to local communities for the production of rice and play a vital role in the government’s strategy to improve agriculture, increase local production and reduce the need for imported rice.
The Tono Scheme has a potential irrigable area of 2,680 hectares. The Vea Scheme has a potential irrigable area of 1,195 hectares. The objective of the project was to rehabilitate and modernise both irrigation schemes (including irrigation and drainage systems) to improve water conveyance efficiency, technical operations and scheme management, and help small scale farmers to grow their crops year-round in both the wet and dry seasons.
The project was completed in January 2017.
- Technical Area:
- Ghana Commercial Agriculture Project