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Nigeria to utilise flood water for agriculture – Minister

The Minister of agriculture and rural development Alhaji Mohammad Abubakar, says the the federal government is embarking on intensive dry season farming next month.

The Minister stated this during the budget defense session of the ministry with the house of Representatives committee on agric institutions at the National Assembly.

This according to the minister is to ensure that there is no food shortage in the country as a result of the flood disaster.

Mr Abubakar explained that the flood water would also be utilized for the scheme.

He said government would assist farms with implements, improved seeds and inputs.

The chairman of the committee, Mr Mannir Dan’agundi, stated that food security situation in Nigeria is compounded by climate-induced situations such as flood, drought, extreme temperatures and pests.

Mr Dan’agundi observed that utilizing the flood water for dry season farming as planned by the ministry, would turn the disaster into a blessing by strengthening food security in the country.

He expressed the satisfaction of the committee with the budget performance of the ministry.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai, Omotola Oguneye