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Saturday, March 16, 2013
Lake Volta is largest man-made lake in the world by surface area and home to thousands of communities on its shores. The Volta Lake Transportation Company (VLTC) is the primary organization that operates ferries, barges, and boats on the lake to transport goods and personnel throughout Ghana. The lake serves as the premiere transportation medium in the country since it spans over half the distance of Ghana from north to south and doesn't have any potholes in it!
One of the major lake crossings is the ferryboat at Adawso. This ferry connects the primary road through the Afram Plains with the eastern region and greater Accra area. Operated by VLTC, the ferry at Adawso is always full and operates 7-8 crossings per day, laden with people, cars, and goods. It's always interesting to see which direction the goods are travelling since it shows the major import and export for these regions. For example, on the ferry ride back from the Afram Plains, the boat was loaded with trucks full of yams and charcoal, two of the major export items from the region during this time of year.
It's always a pleasure to see the boats operating on schedule and with full loads. Hopefully in the next few years we will see further development in the lake with more boats and more ferries to really take advantage if this amazing water resource to benefit both the communities on the water's edge and the country as a whole that created the Lake Volta.