President John Dramani Mahama, who announced this, said the programme would also benefit thousands of farmers along the Sisili and Kulkpong Rivers that flows through the Upper East and West Regions of the country.
The President was addressing a rally at Sandema in the Builsa Southm District on Monday, as part of his three-day campaign tour of the Upper East Region.
He visited Tongo, Bongo, Kongo, Zanlerigu, Zuarungu, Fumbisi, Navrongo, Chiana and Paga, where he outlined the National Democratic Congress (NDC) manifesto and development plans to the electorate.
President Mahama, presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for Election 2012, said the drifting of farmers and other youth to the southern part of Ghana during the dry season was due to lack of jobs, and hoped that the irrigation of the Sisili-Kulkpong areas would promote agricultural activities and prevent rural-urban migration.
He said the irrigation projects would be replicated in the Northern and Upper West regions to stop the perennial North-south migration by the youth for non-existent jobs.