The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment towards attaining massive food production, employment and wealth creation via an effective irrigation system targeted at encouraging all-season farming.
Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu revealed this recently during the opening of the North-Central Regional Workshop on the Establishment/Strengthening of Water Association for Management of Public Irrigation Schemes in Ilorin, Kwara state.
According to the minister, the Federal Government has taken giant strides towards attaining food sufficiency and security.
Speaking, Adamu said, “This is achievable through irrigated agriculture by promoting all-season farming, which is also one of the primary mandates of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, in partnership with the River Basin Development Authority.
“Consequently, a wholesome change in the irrigational institution management framework as proposed by the Transforming Irrigation Management of the Nigerian project.”
Adamu added that the training project was a World Bank-sponsored programme under the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with the principal aim of transforming irrigation management in Nigeria.
On his part, Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, who was represented by his Deputy, Kayode Alabi, said the programme was an attempt by the Federal Government to ensure farmers’ involvement in irrigation.
“Let me use this medium to inform Kwarans as well as other guests that this is the beginning of another timely intervention by the Federal Government in introducing the concept of Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) for our farming communities,” AbdulRazaq stated.
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