Director of irrigation, Federal Ministry of Water Resources during the handing over of the sector six project. Photo: Abdullahi Jalaluddeen
The Federal Government says over 7,000 farmers will benefit from the Gari Irrigation project in Kano and Jigawa States.
The Director of Irrigation and Drainage, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Engineer Esther Oluniyi made the announcement during the handing over of sector six of the Gari Irrigation project to farmers.
Engineer Oluniyi said sector six of the now-completed Gari irrigation project consisted of 228 hectares of land.
She hinted that the project covers an area of over 2,000 Hectares of land, saying that the irrigation and Drainage infrastructure falls within five local government areas of Kano and Jigaawa states.
It includes Kunchi, Dambatta, and Makoda of Kano state; as well as Kazaure and Roni of Jigawa state.
As part of the effort to ensure sustainable operation of the irrigation scheme, the ministry engaged the services of interface consultants for the establishment of strengthening the water users association, and training of farmers on the effective operation and maintenance of the irrigation system, she explained.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary communities, Alhaji Haruna Isyaku Makoda applauded the “foresight and commitment” of the federal government to initiate the project.
He assured the government that they will make adequate utilization of the facility, and urged farmers not to misuse the golden opportunity, which he said, was geared towards boosting food production.
Shortly after the handing over, women from the beneficiary communities were trained on how to maintain acceptable water quality and hygiene for irrigated agriculture.
Reporting by Abdullahi Jalaluddeen; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor