To commemorate the 2021 World Food Day, the Ministry of Water Resources has signed a pact with the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) to promote irrigation farming in Nigeria.
The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) worth $350,000 will be funded by the FAO, to fund drip irrigation systems in select irrigation schemes across the country.
FAO’s Representative in Nigeria and the ECOWAS, Fred Kafeero, disclosed this during the signing ceremony in Abuja, on Wednesday.
The meeting was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Esther Didi Walson-Jack.
She said the TCP would add about 20 to 25 hectares of irrigated land to what the country already had.
“This will bring us closer to our target for the year 2025 which to have 270,000 hectares of irrigated land”, she stated.
On his part, Kafeero noted that the initiative would promote the utilization of smaller and cost-effective food production techniques.
This he explained, would also attract more youths, smallholder farmers and other vulnerable groups to engage in the production of high-value crops.
The Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) is the FAO’s response programme, created in 1976 to enable the organisation to map out regular techniques, providing resources to respond to countries’ most pressing needs for technical assistance.
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