Nigeria to increase irrigation lands to 500,000 hectares by 2030 – Minister

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Nigeria to increase irrigation lands to 500,000 hectares by 2030 – Minister

Date posted: December 15, 2017

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, has said that Nigeria’s irrigation master plan would raise private sector irrigation lands to about 500, 000 hectares by the year 2030.

The minister who stated this while briefing newsmen on Thursday’s National Economic Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo noted that government also plans to commit one million hectares of land to interested commercial farmers.

He said the ministry was working out strategies for the effective implementation of the masterplan.

The federal government, he said was working with the states, farmers and the river basin development authorities to facilitate the development of irrigation projects in the country.

“Our future irrigation intervention would require that the farmers are involved in the management of irrigation systems particularly the secondary and tertiary systems,” he said.

Adamu noted that the ministry was working with the National Council on Privatisation to commercialise Nigeria’s River Basin Authorities.

Posted by: agronigeria

Source: https://agronigeria.com.ng/nigeria-increase-irrigation-lands-500000-hectares-2030-minister/

 

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