Expanding irrigation facilities for food production

Expanding irrigation facilities for food production

Agriculture | Sep 3, 2020 07:07am | FORUM 234 Connect |

Nigeria’s farm irrigation capacity of less five per cent of the arable farmland is too insignificant for a country of over 200 million people, and climate change has made nonsense of reliance on rain-fed agricultural system that is practised, despite natural water bodies that could be developed into irrigation dams.

In the last two months, drought (dry spell) has stunted crops even in the rain forest ecologies, affirming the calls of Nigerians for massive investments in dams and other farm infrastructure that could really bring a revolution in dry season farming.

Presenting his one-year scorecards as a minister of Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu said for optimal utilisation of River Basin Development Agency’s land and irrigation facilities and to support diversification of the economy, guarantee food security and job creation for Nigerians, the ministry is expanding hectares for irrigation at Ejule-Ojebe (50 ha); sector 1 of Gari irrigation project (248ha); Bakalori irrigation scheme (4,825ha); Kano River irrigation scheme (1,600ha); Hadejia Valley irrigation scheme (2,250ha); rehabilitation of Duku-Lade irrigation project (800h).

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