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Nigeria’s agricultural revolution on course, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Auyo, Jigawa State, said that Nigeria’s agricultural revolution is real and on course.

He spoke at an event marking the commencement of the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6,000-hectare Hadejia Valley irrigation project in the state.

President Buhari, according to a statement by the Senior Special
Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, also assured Nigerians that his
administration would sustain the positive momentum in the sector by
implementing the right policies and providing the needed financial resources
for people-oriented projects.

The President, who is in Jigawa State for a two-day working visit,
expressed delight that the Federal Government’s economic diversification and
inclusive growth programmes were yielding positive results, particularly in key
food-producing states.

He applauded the World Bank’s assistance to the project, which
when completed would increase water availability for all-season farming in the
State and beyond.

Also speaking, the Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman
Adamu explained that works on the Phase One of the project which started in the
early eighties during the administration of President Shehu Shagari and
received some funding under the Petroleum Special Trust Fund had suffered
frequent abandonment due to lack of funds.

Adamu said with N9.6 billion allocated under the $495 million
World Bank-assisted Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING)
project in five different irrigation locations in  Nigeria, 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 said.

In Jigawa, the President commissioned the 42-kilometre
Tasheguwa-Guri Road and the 32-kilometre Abunabo-Kadira-Guri road constructed
by the State government to facilitate easier movement and evacuation of farm

President Buhari also commissioned the 250,000 solar- powered
water supply scheme.
The project is one
out of nine of such projects which will add nine million litres to daily water
supply in Dutse and environs.

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