ABUJA-- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the country's agricultural revolution is real and on course and assured Nigerians that the government will sustain the positive momentum in the sector by implementing the right policies.
He gave the assurance at an event to mark the commencement of the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6,000-hectare Hadejia Valley irrigation project in Jigawa, about 580 kilometres northeast of here, Monday.
Buhari, who is in the state on a two-day working visit, promised that the government would provide the needed financial resources to carry out people-oriented projects. He was happy that the economic diversification and inclusive growth programmes of the government were already yielding positive results, particularly in key food-producing states.
The President applauded the World Bank's assistance for the project, which when completed would increase water availability for year-round farming in Jigawa and beyond.
Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu said works under the first phase of the project which started in the early 1980s during the administration of President Shehu Shagari and which received some funding under the Petroleum Special Trust Fund had suffered frequent abandonment for lack of funds.
Adamu, however, revealed that with some funds allocated under the 495 million US dollars World Bank-assisted Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project in five different irrigation locations in the country, the project would be completed by 2021.
By the time the project is finished in three years, there would be about 6,000 hectares of farmland and the Jigawa State Government also plans to key into the project that will benefit over 25,000 farmers, the Minister explained.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK