Niger seeks World Bank’s assistance to revive 17 irrigation schemes

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– The Niger state government has solicited the help of World Bank in the revival of its agricultural endeavours

– The appeal to the international bank was made known by Ibrahim Musa, the permanent secretary in the ministry of agriculture and rural development in the state

– Musa said that the state needs World Bank to help in reactivate not less than 17 irrigation schemes

The permanent secretary in the ministry of agriculture and rural development, Ibrahim Musa, has said that Niger state needs help from the World Bank-sponsored Fadama programme to reactivate 17 irrigation schemes and improve mechanisation to encourage youths and women involvement in agriculture.

Musa made the statement in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, November 15.

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He said that Fadama had encouraged irrigation farming by revitalising some irrigation projects. He said agricultural production all-year-round could not be achieved by relying only on rainfall.

He said: “In Niger State, we have about 17 irrigation projects and almost all of them are in dilapidated states but Fadama has reactivated some of the irrigation schemes and our duty is to continue from where they stopped.

“World Bank should help us to reactivate our 17 irrigation schemes in the state which has the capacity to employ over 60,000 people.

“Our 17 irrigation schemes have the capacity for about 60,000 hectares, it is large enough. If each person is to cultivate on a hectare of land, we will be mopping up about 60,000 of them into the agricultural value chain.”

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According to him, World Bank is expected to assist in mechanisation in the next phase of Fadama to make agricultural activities easy for farmers.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Nigeria had dropped a spot on the World Bank’s latest Ease of Doing Business ranking.

The development was made public on Wednesday, October 31, in the global bank’s report, themed: ‘Doing Business 2019’, The Cable reports. Legit.ng notes that while Nigeria moved 24 places from its 2016 spot of 169 to 145 in 2017, it dropped to number 146 in the 2018 edition.

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