The World Bank has invested up to $495m through the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project to improve irrigation potential of the country.
Speaking at the flagging off of one of the projects in Zamfara State, the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo, who was represented by the Minister of Water Resources, Mr. Suleiman Adamu, said the 8,000 hectares and conversion/expansion of 5,560 hectares works of the Bakolori irrigation scheme with the support of the World Bank, would help the farmers within the catchment area.
He said five basins of Dadin Kowa in Gombe, Hadejia Valley in Jigawa, Kano River in Kano, Middle Rima in Sokoto and Bakolori in the state were selected for the pilot phase.
He added that government hopes to replicate the scheme all over the country to boost agriculture policy on food security of the present government. “TRIMING is converting the sprinkler component covering 5, 500 hectares and rehabilitation of gravity component covering 8,000 hectares that will provide a potential of about 13,500 hectares. This will improve large scale public irrigation in Northern Nigeria where it will make a contribution to agricultural production, growth and rural poverty reduction,” he said. He further explained that since Nigerians were now prepared to take to agriculture in full commercial scale as it now accounts for over 40 per cent of the GDP, irrigation projects must be pursued with all diligence.